Intergenerational occupational transmission: Do offspring walk in the footsteps of mom or dad, or both?

Lior Oren, Ariel Caduri, Aharon Tziner

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The purpose of this research was to apply the Theory of Planned Behavior (TPB) in order to investigate intergenerational occupational transmission between parents and their children. A sample of 260 undergraduate students completed a questionnaire measuring TPB variables, and congruence was calculated between the parents' occupations and their offspring's chosen profession. Intention to work in the parents' occupations was predicted by attitude, subjective norm and perceived behavioral control. Congruence between parents' and their children's occupational choice was predicted by intention and perceived behavioral control. The findings provide support to the relational approach in career choice. Implications of the findings for career counselors and young people's career choices are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)551-560
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Vocational Behavior
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1 Dec 2013
Externally publishedYes


  • Career decision
  • Intergenerational occupational
  • Parent
  • Theory of Planned Behavior
  • Transmission

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Applied Psychology
  • Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management
  • Life-span and Life-course Studies


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