Career decision self-efficacy and life satisfaction in China: an empirical analysis

Jiang, Zhou, Hu, Xiaowen, Wang, Zhongmin, and Jiang, Xuan (2017) Career decision self-efficacy and life satisfaction in China: an empirical analysis. Social Indicators Research, 132 (1). pp. 137-154.

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Abstract

Focusing on the Chinese context, the present study took a pioneering step to examine the relationship between career decision self-efficacy (CDSE) and life satisfaction. Employing a three-dimensional CDSE model, which includes goal planning self-efficacy (GPSE), information gathering self-efficacy (IGSE) and problem solving self-efficacy (PSSE), we also explored the mediation mechanism underlying this relationship from the internal functioning process of CDSE (i.e., the GPSE-PSSE-life satisfaction and IGSE-PSSE-life satisfaction relationships). We then investigated the moderating role of person-environment (P-E) fit in the mediated CDSE-life satisfaction relationship. Data were collected from 786 university students. Results showed that all three dimensions of CDSE were positively related to life satisfaction. The internal process view was supported, for PSSE was found to mediate the relationships of life satisfaction with GPSE and IGSE, respectively. Additionally, P-E fit moderated the relationship between PSSE and life satisfaction. Further examinations also found a significant moderating role of P-E fit in the indirect relationships of life satisfaction with GPSE and IGSE via PSSE.

Item ID: 50639
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1573-0921
Keywords: career decision self-efficacy, information gathering self-efficacy, goal planning self-efficacy, problem solving self-efficacy, person-environment fit, life satisfaction
Date Deposited: 20 Sep 2017 10:45
FoR Codes: 17 PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES > 1701 Psychology > 170199 Psychology not elsewhere classified @ 100%
SEO Codes: 97 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 970116 Expanding Knowledge through Studies of Human Society @ 100%
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