The career aspirations and action behaviours of Australian adolescents in out-of-home-care

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Title The career aspirations and action behaviours of Australian adolescents in out-of-home-care
Author Creed, Peter Alexander; Tilbury, Clare; Buys, Nicholas J.; Crawford, Meegan Joan
Journal Name Children and Youth Services Review
Editor Duncan Lindsay
Year Published 2011
Place of publication United Kingdom
Publisher Elsevier
Abstract We surveyed 202 adolescents who were in out-of-home care, and compared them with 202 adolescents not in care (matched for age, gender and school achievement) on career-related aspirations (occupational aspirations, educational aspirations, life barriers) and career action behaviours (career exploration, career planning). The out-of-home care adolescents reported lower occupational aspirations, less career planning, more career barriers, lower educational aspirations for themselves, lower parental aspirations, and more school engagement. Further, career exploration was lower for out-of-home care children who had higher aspirations, lower self-efficacy, parents who communicated higher aspirations, and low aspiring friends. Results are discussed in the context of providing career development and supports for out-of-home care adolescents so that their career aspirations and behaviours can mirror more normative levels.
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Copyright Statement Copyright 2011 Elsevier. This is the author-manuscript version of this paper. Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher. Please refer to the journal's website for access to the definitive, published version.
Volume 33
Issue Number 9
Page from 1720
Page to 1729
ISSN 0190-7409
Date Accessioned 2012-01-17
Language en_US
Research Centre Behavioural Basis of Health; Menzies Health Institute Qld; Key Centre for Ethics, Law, Justice and Governance; Population and Social Health Research Program
Faculty Griffith Health Faculty
Subject Developmental Psychology and Ageing
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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