Publication Date

2010

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science in Education (MSEd)

Department

Counselor Education

Abstract

This project explored the relationship between perceived parental influences and the career self-efficacy of college students. Previous research related to college student development, parental influences, and career development is presented in order to assess the current body of literature and provide rationale for the present research project. In addition, the author conducted a survey with undergraduate college students to better understand the role that parents play in their career development. Parental influences were found to be positively correlated with students’ career self-efficacy. General supportive parenting behaviors seemed more significant than career-specific parenting behaviors. One specific behavior was found to be predictive of students’ career self-efficacy. Results are discussed, and implications for counselors are presented.

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