Vocational Identity Formation of College Students in Macau

Baixiao Ouyang, Shuh Ren Jin, Hsiu Lan Shelley Tien

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Abstract

Forming a vocational identity is a main developmental task during the transition from adolescence to adulthood. This study examined identity formation of college students in Macau, China, based on a neo-Eriksonian identity formation framework. Data were collected through semistructured in-depth interviews of 19 college students in Macau. All data were transcribed and analyzed by thematic analysis. Results indicated 2 themes, each with several subthemes that describe participants' vocational identity formation process. This study contributes to the vocational identity literature by integrating a collaborative perspective into the discussion of vocational exploration and revealing unique issues of vocational identity formation in a non-Western and developing society.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)244-258
Number of pages15
JournalCareer Development Quarterly
Volume64
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2016 Sep 1

Keywords

  • Chinese culture
  • Macau
  • college students
  • vocational exploration
  • vocational identity formation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Applied Psychology
  • Psychology(all)
  • Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management

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