Personal and situational variables, and career concerns: predicting career adaptability in young adults

Span J Psychol. 2011 May;14(1):263-71. doi: 10.5209/rev_sjop.2011.v14.n1.23.


This study examined relationships among career adaptability and career concerns, social support and goal orientation. We surveyed 304 university students using measures of career concerns, adaptability (career planning, career exploration, self-exploration, decision-making, self-regulation), goal-orientation (learning, performance-prove, performance-avoid) and social support (family, friends, significant others). Multiple regression analysis revealed career concerns, learning and performance-prove goal orientations emerged relatively as the most important contributors. Other variables did not contribute significantly.

MeSH terms

  • Achievement
  • Adaptation, Psychological*
  • Adult
  • Aptitude
  • Career Choice*
  • Decision Making
  • Female
  • Goals*
  • Humans
  • Iran
  • Male
  • Risk-Taking
  • Self Concept
  • Social Control, Informal
  • Social Environment
  • Social Support*
  • Students / psychology*
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Vocational Guidance
  • Young Adult