Do you think i'm worth it? The self-verifying role of parental engagement in career adaptability and career persistence among STEM students

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Amarnani, Rajiv K., Garcia, Patrick Raymund James M., Restubog, Simon Lloyd D., Bordia, Prashant and Bordia, Sarbari. (2016). Do you think i'm worth it? The self-verifying role of parental engagement in career adaptability and career persistence among STEM students. Journal of Career Assessment. https://doi.org/10.1177/1069072716679925
AuthorsAmarnani, Rajiv K., Garcia, Patrick Raymund James M., Restubog, Simon Lloyd D., Bordia, Prashant and Bordia, Sarbari
Abstract

Parents contribute a great deal to their children’s career development. Despite the central importance of the self-concept to career development, little research has examined the role played by parental engagement in the link between the child’s self-concept and career development. Integrating self-verification and career construction theories, we develop and test the prediction that parental engagement indirectly contributes to career adaptability and career persistence by serving as a tacit signal of the child’s positive worth. Using a time-lagged survey design, we tested the proposed moderated mediation model in a sample of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) university students. The results show full support for the hypothesized model. Consistent with self-verification theory, STEM students’ self-esteem was only associated with subsequent career adaptability and career persistence if they also perceived high levels of parental engagement. This result held despite statistically controlling for parent-reported parental engagement. We discuss implications for career development, STEM career persistence, and career counseling.

Keywordscareer adaptability; career persistence; self-verification; self-esteem; parental engagement; STEM careers
Year2016
JournalJournal of Career Assessment
PublisherSAGE Publications Inc.
ISSN1069-0727
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1177/1069072716679925
Page range1 - 18
Research GroupPeter Faber Business School
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Place of publicationUnited States of America
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