Positive Adolescent Career Development: The Role of Intrinsic and Extrinsic Work Values

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This longitudinal study of 268 Swiss adolescents, spanning across 8th grade, investigated the relation of intrinsic and extrinsic work values to positive career development in deciding, planning, and exploring. Results showed that girls reported more intrinsic and fewer extrinsic work values compared with boys. Students with an immigration background reported more extrinsic values than did students of Swiss nationality. When gender, nationality, and scholastic achievement were controlled, more general work value endorsement was a significant predictor of an above-average increase in career development over the Course of the school year. Endorsement of more intrinsic but not extrinsic work values was related to positive career development.
Original languageEnglish
JournalThe Career Development Quarterly
Issue number3
Pages (from-to)276-287
Number of pages12
Publication statusPublished - 01.03.2010