Managing family conflict over career decisions: The experience of Asian Americans

Pei Wen Winnie Ma, Uttara Desai, Login S. George, Alyssa A.San Filippo, Samantha Varon

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Conflict over career decisions is a main source of intergenerational conflict among Asian American families. This qualitative study explored the topic using consensual qualitative research methodology in a sample of eight Asian Americans. Results indicated that participants experienced feelings of guilt and indebtedness due to conflicting values, traditions, and expectations. Most participants dealt with parental disapproval regarding their career choice by seeking advice from friends and relatives. Participants employed many strategies to earn approval such as educating parents about their chosen career, seeking honors, and compromising between personal desires and parental expectations. Implications for career counseling and research are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)487-506
Number of pages20
JournalJournal of Career Development
Issue number6
StatePublished - Dec 2014
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Education
  • Psychology(all)
  • Applied Psychology
  • Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management


  • Asian Americans
  • Career decision
  • Consensual qualitative research
  • Intergenerational family conflict


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