Teenage goals and self-efficacy beliefs as precursors of adult career and family outcomes

Bora Lee, Fred W. Vondracek

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Abstract

The present study identified and examined patterns of goal importance and self-efficacy beliefs in mid- and late adolescence as predictors of work and family outcomes in adulthood. A pattern approach was applied to appropriately identify relationships among work- and family-related goal importance and self-efficacy beliefs. Using a sample of 995 individuals, five distinct patterns of work-family goal importance and self-efficacy beliefs emerged. Individuals who assigned comparable importance to work and family goals and expressed corresponding self-efficacy beliefs in adolescence were more likely to achieve career and family outcomes in adulthood than individuals who expressed a strong preference for one domain over the other. The results supported the idea that work and family can be coordinated for mutual benefit. Furthermore, findings from the pattern approach provided an integrative view of work-family motivation and goal achievement complementing findings from traditional methods such as regression analysis.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)228-237
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Vocational Behavior
Volume85
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2014 Jan 1
Externally publishedYes

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Keywords

  • Goals
  • Longitudinal
  • Motivation
  • Self-efficacy beliefs
  • Work-family

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Applied Psychology
  • Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management
  • Life-span and Life-course Studies

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