Dimensões e ecologia do desenvolvimento de carreira na infância: uma revisão de estudos

Íris M. Oliveira, Maria do Céu Taveira, Erik J. Porfeli

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Children get involved in person-in-situation experiences, which sustain their career development. Literature reviews from 2005 and 2008 identified main dimensions of childhood career development and acknowledged the importance of the contexts in that process. This work reviewed studies published from 2008 to 2015, based on the living systems theory of vocational behavior and development. The search was performed in six international databases. Fifty-five journal articles were reviewed. The internationalization of this topic was illustrated by publications derived from 16 countries. Most of the articles used quantitative and cross-sectional research methods. Cross-sectional and longitudinal studies included both children and adolescents, which points to
challenges in the chronological definition of these periods of life and highlights
the need to cover career development over the life course. The reviewed content
suggested that the intrapersonal system is the most addressed one, whereas
studies on the social and environmental-societal systems are least covered. This
topic seems to have been growing in international interest. However, it still
needs to considerer a theoretical framework, which preferably covers career
development dimensions and contexts. The living systems theory might sustain
further longitudinal, contextual and qualitative/mixed-method studies that
deepen the knowledge on the idiosyncrasies of children’s career development
and (dis)continuities in career processes/results later on in the lifespan. The
living systems theory might also sustain ecological evaluations of children’s
career development needs and support practices to promote this process.
Original languagePortuguese
Pages (from-to)13-29
JournalPsicologia da Criança e do Adolescente
Issue number1-2
Publication statusPublished - 2016
Externally publishedYes


  • Career development
  • Childhood
  • Living systems

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