Examining a sequential mediation model of Chinese university students' well-being: A career construction perspective

Mingke Zhuang, Zhuolin She, Zijun Cai, Zheng Huang, Qian Xiang, Ping Wang, Fei Zhu

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Despite career construction theory attends to individual subjective career and provides a useful lens to study well-being, extant research has yielded limited insights into the mechanisms through which career construction variables influence individual well-being. To address this important gap, the present study examined a mediation model that links indicators of career adaptivity (big-five personality and approach/avoidance traits) to psychological well-being (psychological flourishing and life satisfaction) through career adaptability and in sequent meaning of life (presence of life meaning and search for life meaning) among a sample of Chinese university students (N = 165). The results of a two-wave survey study showed that career adaptability and presence of life meaning mediated the effects of openness to experience, consciousness, approach trait, and avoidance trait on individual well-being in sequence. The results also showed that approach trait's effect on presence of meaning was partially mediated by career adaptability; career adaptability's effect on psychological flourishing was partially mediated by presence of meaning. These findings advance understanding of antecedents to individual well-being from a career construction perspective, and carry implications for career education and counseling practices.

Original languageEnglish
Article number593
JournalFrontiers in Psychology
Issue numberAPR
Publication statusPublished - 25 Apr 2018


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