Career-Related Parental Behaviour and Senior Secondary Students’ Career Development in Underdeveloped China (75499)

Session Information: Counselling, Guidance & Adjustment in Education
Session Chair: Ching Ting Tany Kwee

Saturday, 25 November 2023 15:45
Session: Session 4
Room: Room F (Live Stream)
Presentation Type: Live-Stream Presentation

All presentation times are UTC + 9 (Asia/Tokyo)

Parents are major socializers for senior secondary students’ career development. Prior research has investigated parental influence and highlighted typical types of parental support. While parental support highly interplays with other career-related behaviour, there is limited research exploring the career-related parental behaviour (support, intervention, engagement) on senior secondary students’ career adaptability, especially in underdeveloped areas of China. Therefore, this study investigated the impact of career-related parental behaviour on career adaptability among senior secondary students in underdeveloped regions of China. Drawing on a sample of 838 senior secondary students in Meizhou, Guangdong Province (Mage=17.51, SD=0.89, 50.7% Female), this study adopted a person-centred approach to evaluate career-related parental behaviour and their corresponding influence on students' career adaptability. Results recognized two types of parents (“authoritative" and "warm and supportive") regarding their career-related behaviour. Senior secondary students in the "warm and supportive" group show higher career adaptability than those in the "authoritative" group, specifically in control, curiosity, and confidence. However, no difference in concern is found between the two groups. These results emphasize the value of the person-centred approach in understanding parents concerning their career-related behaviour in underdeveloped China. Furthermore, it suggests that although filial piety is valued in Chinese culture, parents need to let their children go. It will benefit senior secondary students more through active support and engagement in career development. With a new understanding of parents and their impact on senior secondary students' career adaptability in underdeveloped China, this study lays a foundation for future research and practical interventions.

Yang Yixing, The Education University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Siu Wai Wu, The Education University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong

About the Presenter(s)
Ms. YANG is currently an EdD student of the Department of International Education, the Education University of Hong Kong. Her research focus is senior secondary students' Life Planning Education.

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Last updated: 2023-02-23 23:45:00