Managing family conflict over career decisions: The experience of Asian Americans
Conflict over career decisions is a main source of intergenerational conflict among Asian American families. This qualitative study explored the topic using consensual qualitative research methodology in a sample of eight Asian Americans. Results indicated that participants experienced feelings of guilt and indebtedness due to conflicting values, traditions, and expectations. Most participants dealt with parental disapproval regarding their career choice by seeking advice from friends and relatives. Participants employed many strategies to earn approval such as educating parents about their chosen career, seeking honors, and compromising between personal desires and parental expectations. Implications for career counseling and research are discussed.
Journal of Career Development
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Ma, Pei Wen Winnie; Desai, Uttara; George, Login S.; Filippo, Alyssa A.San; and Varon, Samantha, "Managing family conflict over career decisions: The experience of Asian Americans" (2014). Kean Publications. 1937.