Community strengths to career capacities: family support, authenticity and career decision-making self-efficacy in the lesbian, gay and bisexual community
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Theories in career development and positive psychology have discussed the importance of career decision-making self-efficacy (CDMSE) for diverse groups; however, there has been little development in this area for the lesbian, gay and bisexual (LGB) community (Lent, Brown & Hackett, 1994; Perez, 2007; Taylor & Betz, 1983). Previous research has shown that LGB individuals may experience a disruption in career development as psychological energy could be focused on developing sexual identity (Hetherington, 1991). The present study sought to determine if strength-based characteristics, found among LGB individuals, such as authenticity, acceptance from others, and social support from friends and family, predicted CDMSE (Kernis & Goldman, 2006; Mohr & Fassinger, 2003; Procidano & Heller). Survey results from 55 LGB-identified individuals indicated that social support from family and need for acceptance accounted for a significant amount of the variance in CDMSE. Implications for research and career counseling are discussed.