Acculturation, Enculturation, Ethnic Identity, and Conscientiousness as Predictors of Latino Boys' and Girls' Career Decision Self-Efficacy

Lizette Ojeda, Brandy Piña-Watson, Linda G. Castillo, Rosalinda Castillo, Noshaba Khan, Jennifer Leigh

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Abstract

This study examined the role of culture and personality on the career decision self-efficacy of 338 Latino seventh-grade public middle school students. Specifically, we examined the role of acculturation, enculturation, ethnic identity, and conscientiousness on career decision self-efficacy. Findings indicated Latina girls were more acculturated and enculturated than Latino boys. For Latino boys and Latina girls, respectively, 34% and 25% of the variance in career decision self-efficacy was accounted for by the predictors. Acculturation, ethnic identity, and conscientiousness significantly predicted career decision self-efficacy for girls. For boys, however, only ethnic identity and conscientiousness were unique significant predictors. As expected, enculturation did not significantly predict career decision self-efficacy for either boys or girls. An interaction effect between acculturation and enculturation did not significantly predict career decision self-efficacy for boys or girls. Implications for practice and future research are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)208-228
Number of pages21
JournalJournal of Career Development
Volume39
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 2012

Keywords

  • Latinos
  • acculturation
  • career decision self-efficacy
  • conscientiousness
  • enculturation
  • ethnic identity

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