Longitudinal Relationships Between Planned Happenstance Skills and Life Adjustment and the Moderating Role of Career Barriers

Boyoung Kim, So Rin Kim, Na Yeon Yang, Huk Yaung, Gyu Young Ha, Joon Young Yang, Bora Lee, Sang Min Lee

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The purpose of the present study was to examine the longitudinal relationships between planned happenstance skills (PHS) and life adjustment and to examine whether this relationship was moderated by the degree of career barriers. The participants were 307 Korean college students going through a school-to-work transition. The results showed that PHS preceded and were positively associated with life adjustment. Additionally, the association between PHS and life adjustment differed by the levels of career barriers; individuals with greater PHS were more likely to adjust well in life even when they perceived high career barriers. The findings suggest empirical support for planned happenstance theory. Implications regarding career counseling interventions for college students in a school-to-work transition are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)215-226
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Career Development
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2018 Jun 1



  • autoregressive cross-lagged model
  • career barriers
  • life adjustment
  • planned happenstance skills

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Applied Psychology
  • Psychology(all)
  • Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management

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