Exploring the contextual influences on adolescent career identity formation: A qualitative study of Hong Kong secondary students

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Abstract

This paper draws on Marcia and Porfeli's identity status models to examine the relationship between adolescent career identity formation and its contextual aspects. Focus group interviews were conducted with 26 students at two Hong Kong senior secondary schools. It was found that most participants exhibited the career identity statuses of achievement, searching moratorium, or moratorium towards the end of school. Influences that were identified from family, school, and social culture varied across individuals with different career identity statuses. By reporting the findings from an East Asian school setting, the paper provides theoretical and practical implications for career development for senior secondary school students. Copyright © 2017 Curators of the University of Missouri.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)219-234
JournalJournal of Career Development
Volume46
Issue number3
Early online dateNov 2017
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2019

Citation

Xu, H., & Lee, J. C.-K. (2019). Exploring the contextual influences on adolescent career identity formation: A qualitative study of Hong Kong secondary students. Journal of Career Development, 46(3), 219-234. doi: 10.1177/0894845317737380

Keywords

  • Career/vocational education/guidance
  • Research content areas
  • Vocational identity
  • High school students
  • Sample populations
  • Qualitative methods
  • Research methods
  • Career development stages

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