Original Articles

Parental Involvement in Career Development among Disadvantaged Adolescents

Published in: Journal of Psychology in Africa
Volume 20, issue 3, 2010 , pages: 491–495
DOI: 10.1080/14330237.2010.10820404
Author(s): Joseph SeabiUniversity of the Witwatersrand, South Africa, Daleen AlexanderUniversity of the Witwatersrand, South Africa, Orepa MaiteUniversity of the Witwatersrand, South Africa


The study investigated perceived parental involvement in career development amongst disadvantaged adolescents. Participants were 14 Grade 9 learners (8 boys and 6 girls: mean age =14 years) from a disadvantaged community in North-West Province in South Africa. Data were collected using semi-structured interviews, and analyzed thematically. Perceived constructive verbal persuasion or encouragement was influential in parents' facilitation of career development in their adolescent children. One-way communication from the parents to the adolescents was perceived to be non-supportive of their career development. Vicarious learning was manifested in the adoption of well-known people as role models in the absence of parental role models.

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