The Influence of Family of Origin Relationships on Career Thoughts

Daniel C. Lustig, Yonghong Jade Xu, David R. Strauser

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Family of origin relationships are an important influence on career decision-making. The current study investigates the relationship between family cohesion, expressiveness and conflict and dysfunctional career thoughts. The Family Environment Scale - Form R (Moos & Moos, 2009) measured the family environment and the Career Thoughts Inventory (Sampson, Peterson, Lenz, Reardon, & Saunders, 1996) measured dysfunctional career thoughts. Participants were undergraduate students at a large Southern University. The results found that higher levels of family conflict and lower levels of family expressiveness were associated with higher levels of decision-making confusion, commitment anxiety, and external conflict. Implications for career counselors are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)49-61
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Career Development
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 1 2017


  • career commitment
  • career decision-making
  • research content areas
  • sample populations
  • undergraduates/early adults

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Applied Psychology
  • General Psychology
  • Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management


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