Connecting Emotion Regulation to Career Outcomes: Do Proactivity and Job Search Self-Efficacy Mediate This Link?
Received 25 June 2019
Accepted for publication 23 October 2019
Published 13 December 2019 Volume 2019:12 Pages 1109—1120
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Itziar Urquijo,1 Natalio Extremera,2 Josu Solabarrieta3
1University of Deusto, Faculty of Psychology and Education, Department of Physical Activity and Sport Sciences, Bilbao 48007, Spain; 2University of Malaga, Faculty of Psychology, Department of Social Psychology, Social Work, Social Anthropology and East Asian Studies, Málaga 29071, Spain; 3University of Deusto, Faculty of Psychology and Education, Department of Innovation and Educational Organization, Bilbao 48007, Spain
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Introduction: Over the last decade, emotion regulation has drawn much attention in the organisational literature, specifically in career outcomes. Although the relationship between emotion regulation and career outcomes has been well established, potential mechanisms that might account for this relationship are still unclear.
Method: This study attempts to narrow this gap by examining the mediating effect of proactivity and job search self-efficacy on the relationship between emotion regulation and career outcomes in a sample consisting of 399 graduates (277 women, 122 men) with ages ranging from 22 to 60 years (M=30.5, SD=8.26).
Results: Structural equation modelling showed partial mediation effects of job search self-efficacy between emotion regulation and career outcomes. However, no mediating effect was found for proactivity.
Discussion: These results suggest that the promotion of emotion regulation and self-efficacy may be fundamental in the development of programmes for career outcomes. Finally, implications and limitations of the present findings are discussed.
Keywords: emotion regulation, career outcomes, proactivity, job search, self-efficacy, graduates
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