Article thumbnail Exploratory Studies on the Effects of a Career Exploration Group for Urban Chinese Immigrant Youth

By Munyi Shea, Pei-wen Winnie Ma, Christine J. Yeh, Sarah J. Lee and Stephanie T. Pituc


Two studies evaluating a school-based, culturally responsive career exploration and assessment group for low-income, urban Chinese immigrant youth are described. Mixed qualitative and quantitative methods compared the treatment (CEDAR group) versus the control group (no intervention). In Study 1, CEDAR group participants reported a significant decrease in career indecision; increases in academic, career, and college help seeking; and career decision-making self-efficacy at posttest compared to the control group. In Study 2, CEDAR group participants reported a significant increase in career decision making; decreases in career counseling stigma and value, collective self esteem, and affirmation and belonging in ethnic identity at posttest compared to the control group. Qualitative data from Study 1 and 2 revealed that participants had experienced an increased sense of social support, self-regard, self-knowledge, and learned practical career skills after participating in the CEDAR group. Implications for future research in career assessment and program development are discussed

Topics: urban immigrant youth, career intervention, Chinese immigrant students
Year: 2016
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