Thursday, 28 February 2013

Compromise, Well-Being, and Action Behaviors in Young Adults in Career Transition

an article by Peter A. Creed and Kellie Blume (Griffith University, Queensland, Australia) published in Journal of Career Assessment Volume 21 Number 1 (February 2013)


The authors surveyed 186 first-year university students and assessed their level of career compromise associated with making the transition to university. Compromise was operationalised as the discrepancy between the job characteristics of ideal and expected occupations.

The authors also assessed career well-being (satisfaction, distress), action behaviours (planning, exploration), and goal adjustment (disengagement, re-engagement). The authors expected compromise to be negatively associated with well-being and positively associated with action behaviours, and the relationship between compromise and the outcome variables (well-being, action behaviours) to be moderated by goal adjustment.

Compromise was negatively associated with well-being, but not associated with planning or exploration, although the Compromise × Goal Adjustment interaction was significant.

Disengagement and re-engagement were not associated with well-being, although the Disengagement × Re-engagement interaction was significant.

Disengagement was associated with planning and exploration, re-engagement was associated with exploration, and both interaction terms were significant.

Hazel’s comment:
This sounds as though the research was rigorous and the results interesting. I’ve bookmarked it to try to read in the British Library at some future date.

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