The mediating roles of career self-efficacy and career decidedness in the relationship between contextual support and persistence

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2010

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Restubog, Simon
Florentino, Afryll
Garcia, Patrick

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Elsevier

Abstract

Drawing from Social cognitive career theory, we examined how types of contextual support (e.g., parental support and number of career counseling sessions received) influence persistence. In addition, we test the roles of career self-efficacy and career decidedness as mediating mechanisms in the relationship between these types of contextual support and persistence. One hundred forty-six undergraduate students were surveyed over three measurement periods. Data were collected from multiple sources: surveys from students and parents and students' archival data. Results provided support for our hypothesized mediated model. Time 1 student and parent ratings of support and Time 1 number of counseling sessions received were related to greater Time 2 career self-efficacy and Time 2 career decidedness. This in turn was associated with Time 3 persistence (i.e., reduced academic program turnover). Theoretical and applied implications are discussed.

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Keywords: Career counseling; Career decidedness; Career self-efficacy; Parental support; Persistence

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Journal of Vocational Behaviour

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Journal article

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DOI

10.1016/j.jvb.2010.06.005

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2037-12-31