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The Importance of High Competence in Adolescence for Career Outcomes in Midlife
Stockholm University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Psychology.
2014 (English)In: RESEARCH IN HUMAN DEVELOPMENT, ISSN 1542-7609, Vol. 11, no 3, 204-216 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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Earlier studies have indicated the importance of IQ, educational aspirations, school grades, and task persistence during childhood and adolescence for later educational and vocational attainment. In this study, these characteristics were studied from a person-oriented perspective, identifying typical competence profiles using cluster analysis. The aim was to investigate a potential career bonus for adolescents with a highly positive competence profile for later educational and occupational success. Data were analyzed from the longitudinal Swedish Individual Development and Adaptation (IDA) study (N = 1326) with career outcomes measured in midlife (age 43-47). Results showed that having a highly positive competence profile predicted higher income and increased the probability of having a high occupational level, controlling for the separate competence components. The effects were only significant for males. Taken together, our findings support the idea that adolescent boys with a highly positive competence profile are optimized for career success to a larger extent than could be expected from the competence components considered separately.

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2014. Vol. 11, no 3, 204-216 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-108556DOI: 10.1080/15427609.2014.936180ISI: 000342301200004OAI: diva2:760332


Available from: 2014-11-03 Created: 2014-10-29 Last updated: 2014-11-03Bibliographically approved

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