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Self-esteem and career adaptability : Moderating roles of parental and peer support

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Year of publication 2023
Type Article in Periodical
Magazine / Source Career Development Quarterly
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Faculty of Arts

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Keywords career adaptability; self-esteem; parental support; peer support; vocational education graduates
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Description The present study aimed to examine the long-term associations between self-esteem and career adaptability and to investigate the moderating roles of parental and peer support in these associations. The two-wave longitudinal study used a sample of 3,126 graduates from vocational upper secondary education during their career transition. Questionnaires were administered at two time points: two months before graduation (T1) and ten months after graduation (T2). The results of linear regression and moderation analysis showed that (1) self-esteem had a longitudinal positive effect on career adaptability, (2) perceived parental and peer support did not have significant effects on career adaptability, and (3) peer support served as a moderator in the relationship between self-esteem and career adaptability. The findings emphasize the psychosocial nature of career adaptability and highlight the role of perceived peer support in the career adaptability of vocational education graduates during their career transition.
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