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14-12-2023 | Empirical Research

How Important Are Parental Career Expectations? A Subtle and Long-Term Influence on Adolescents’ Career Aspirations

Auteurs: Yanhao Qi, Yuan Liu, Bijuan Huang, Shaowen Xie, Jia Liu, Jiwei Si

Gepubliceerd in: Journal of Youth and Adolescence | Uitgave 5/2024

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Abstract

Perceived parental expectations of adolescents have been linked to many high school consequences, yet few studies have examined the relationship between perceived parental expectations and adolescents’ career aspirations, and potential mechanisms that underlie these associations. To address this research gap, this study investigated the reciprocal relationship between perceived parental expectations and career aspirations, as well as the mediating role of adolescents’ career exploration among Chinese adolescents. Using a longitudinal design, a total of 2540 senior high school students (51.38% girls, Mage = 17.09 ± 0.69) participated in the study. The results showed that perceived parental expectations of adolescents have no direct impact on their subsequent career aspirations. A longitudinal mediating role of career exploration was found between perceived parental expectations and career aspirations. No gender differences were found in any of the pathways. These findings provided support for helping adolescents better set their career aspirations by acknowledging the critical role of parental expectations and the mediating role of career exploration.
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Metagegevens
Titel
How Important Are Parental Career Expectations? A Subtle and Long-Term Influence on Adolescents’ Career Aspirations
Auteurs
Yanhao Qi
Yuan Liu
Bijuan Huang
Shaowen Xie
Jia Liu
Jiwei Si
Publicatiedatum
14-12-2023
Uitgeverij
Springer US
Gepubliceerd in
Journal of Youth and Adolescence / Uitgave 5/2024
Print ISSN: 0047-2891
Elektronisch ISSN: 1573-6601
DOI
https://doi.org/10.1007/s10964-023-01917-0

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