Career-Related Filial Piety and Career Adaptability in Hong Kong University Students

Tracy HUI*, Mantak Yuen, Gaowei Chen

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According to career construction theory, cultural beliefs represent a social construct that may shape an individual’s career path. In Chinese society, the Confucian concept of filial piety is one such influential belief. More specifically, reciprocal filial piety involves mutually supportive processes between parents and their offspring, whereas authoritarian filial piety is characterized by the suppression of the offspring’s own wishes to comply with those of their parents. The authors examined the extent to which Hong Kong undergraduate students (N = 522) possess dual career-related filial piety and how it relates to their career adaptability during the school-to-work transition. Results indicated that career-related reciprocal filial piety was regarded as important and was associated with all career adaptability dimensions, whereas career-related authoritarian filial piety was not. The possible complex effect of dual career-related filial piety on career adaptability deserves attention from career counselors and researchers.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)358-370
Number of pages13
JournalCareer Development Quarterly
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2018

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Applied Psychology
  • Psychology(all)
  • Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management

User-Defined Keywords

  • authoritarian filial piety
  • career adaptability
  • career development in China
  • career-related filial piety
  • reciprocal filial piety


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