Title

Academic and career expectations of ethnic minority youth in Hong Kong

Document Type

Journal article

Source Publication

The Journal of Early Adolescence

Publication Date

11-2015

Volume

35

Issue

8

First Page

1092

Last Page

1107

Publisher

Sage Publications, Inc.

Keywords

ethnic minority, academic and career expectations, adolescents

Abstract

Based on social-cognitive career theory (SCCT), we explore how ethnic identity, parental occupation, efficacy in learning Chinese, and learning experience relate to ethnic minority adolescents’ academic and career expectations. The participants are 632 Southeast Asian adolescents in Hong Kong. In accordance with SCCT, structural equation modeling results show that ethnic identity is related to learning experience, which in turn is associated with efficacy in learning Chinese. Efficacy in learning Chinese significantly predicts the adolescents’ academic and career expectations, but parental occupation does not. Testing of alternative models also shows that ethnic identity is directly related to the two outcome expectations. We discuss the implications and limitations of the study in the context of extending SCCT to a more interdependent culture and assessing factors that contribute to outcome expectations of ethnic minority groups.

DOI

10.1177/0272431614552017

Print ISSN

15525449

E-ISSN

02724316

Publisher Statement

Copyright © 2015 SAGE Publications. Access to external full text or publisher's version may require subscription.

Full-text Version

Publisher’s Version

Language

English

Recommended Citation

Cheung, F. Y. L., Lai, B. P. Y., Wu, A. M. S., & Ku, L. (2015). Academic and career expectations of ethnic minority youth in Hong Kong. The Journal of Early Adolescence, 35(8), 1092-1107. doi: 10.1177/0272431614552017

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