Role modeling as a socialization mechanism in the transmission of career adaptability across generations

Patrick Raymund James M. Garcia, Simon Lloyd D. Restubog, Anna Carmella Ocampo, Lu Wang, Robert L. Tang

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Abstract

Drawing from Career Construction Theory (Savickas, 2013) and Social Cognitive Theory (Bandura, 1986), we examine role modeling as a socialization mechanism that facilitates the transmission of career adaptability across generations. The proposed serial mediation model was tested using 187 grandparent-parent-grandchild triads. Results showed that role modeling mediated the relationships between grandparents’ parents’ and grandchildren's career adaptability. Furthermore, we found support for the full serial mediation model where grandparents’ career adaptability indirectly predicted granchildren's career adaptability via parents’ career adaptability and role modeling. Our results advance our understanding of the psychosocial nature of career adaptability. Theoretical and practical implications are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)39-48
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Vocational Behavior
Volume111
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 2019

Keywords

  • Career adaptability
  • Career construction theory
  • Role modeling
  • Social cognitive theory

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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

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