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The role of career adaptability and work conditions on general and professional well-being ☆

Published on Dec 1, 2013in Journal of Vocational Behavior3.387
· DOI :10.1016/j.jvb.2013.07.001
Christian Maggiori7
Estimated H-index: 7
(UNIL: University of Lausanne),
Claire S. Johnston8
Estimated H-index: 8
(UNIL: University of Lausanne)
+ 2 AuthorsJérôme Rossier29
Estimated H-index: 29
(UNIL: University of Lausanne)
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Abstract This study, conducted with a representative sample of employed and unemployed adults living in Switzerland (N = 2002), focuses on work conditions (in terms of professional insecurity and job demands), career adaptability, and professional and general well-being. Analyses of covariance highlighted that both unemployed and employed participants with low job insecurity reported higher scores on career adaptability and several dimensions (notably on control) than employed participants with high job insecurity. Moreover, structural equation modeling for employed participants showed that, independent of work conditions, adaptability resources were positively associated both with general and professional well-being. As expected professional outcomes were strongly related to job strain and professional insecurity, emphasizing the central role of the work environment. Finally, career adaptability partially mediated the relationship between job strain and professional insecurity, and the outcome well-being.
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