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Revista Brasileira de Orientação Profissional

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SANTOS, Paulo Jorge. Family and career indecision: Literature review from the perspective of systemic analysis. Rev. bras. orientac. prof [online]. 2010, vol.11, n.1, pp. 83-94. ISSN 1984-7270.

Career indecision of adolescents and young adults was conceptualized by some authors as a consequence of problems of systemic functioning of their origin family. These problems could affect negatively their capacity for making career choices. Based on this theoretical approach, several studies analyzed empirically the relation between family systemic variables and career indecision. The results of this line of research appeared to be inconsistent. This article presents a critical analysis of the systemic approach to career indecision and of the corresponding studies. It also presents, some proposals that aim to clarify, from a theoretical point of view, the relations between the two groups of variables and suggests new lines of research.

Keywords : Systemic approach; Career indecision; Occupational choice; Vocational guidance.

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