Relation of career adaptability to meaning in life and connectedness among adolescents in Hong Kong

Mantak Yuen*, Josephine Yau

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

This study examined relationships among career adaptability, meaning in life, and connectedness in Hong Kong with Chinese male and female Grade 9 students (n = 543). The results indicated that presence of meaning in life positively predicted connectedness; and in the males career concern was predicted by presence of meaning in life. Also in males, career control was predicted both by presence and search for meaning in life, while career curiosity was predicted by connectedness to school, and by presence and search for meaning in life. Career confidence was predicted by connectedness to school, and presence and search of meaning in life. In the females, career concern was predicted by presence of meaning in life and connectedness to school, but negatively by connectedness to peers. Career control and career curiosity were predicted by presence and search for meaning in life. Career confidence was predicted by presence of meaning in life. Limitations of the study are identified; and implications for future research and guidance with Chinese adolescents in schools are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)147-156
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Vocational Behavior
Volume91
Early online date23 Oct 2015
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2015

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Education
  • Applied Psychology
  • Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management
  • Life-span and Life-course Studies

User-Defined Keywords

  • Adolescents
  • Career adaptability
  • Chinese
  • Connectedness
  • Meaning in life

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