Social cognitive predictors of well-being in African college students

Robert W. Lent, Maria do Céu Taveira, J.C. Pinto, A.D. Silva, T. Blanco, S. Faria, A.M. Gonçalves

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Abstract

Lent and Brown's (2006, 2008) social cognitive model of work well-being was tested in two samples of African college students, one from Angola (N= 241) and one from Mozambique (N= 425). Participants completed domain-specific measures of academic self-efficacy, environmental support, goal progress, and satisfaction, along with measures of global positive affect and life satisfaction. Path analyses indicated that the model fit the data well overall, both in the full sample and in separate sub-samples by country and gender. Contrary to expectations, however, self-efficacy predicted academic satisfaction only indirectly, via goal progress; and goal progress predicted life satisfaction only indirectly, via academic satisfaction. The predictors accounted for substantial portions of the variance in both academic domain satisfaction and life satisfaction. Implications for research and practice involving the social cognitive model are considered.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)266-272
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Vocational Behavior
Volume84
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2014
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Academic satisfaction
  • Life satisfaction
  • Positive affect
  • Self-efficacy
  • Social cognitive career theory
  • Well-being

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