Self-efficacy beliefs as shapers of children's aspirations and career trajectories.

  title={Self-efficacy beliefs as shapers of children's aspirations and career trajectories.},
  author={A. Bandura and Claudio Barbaranelli and Gian Vittorio Caprara and Concetta Pastorelli},
  journal={Child development},
  volume={72 1},
This prospective study tested with 272 children a structural model of the network of sociocognitive influences that shape children's career aspirations and trajectories. Familial socioeconomic status is linked to children's career trajectories only indirectly through its effects on parents' perceived efficacy and academic aspirations. The impact of parental self-efficacy and aspirations on their children's perceived career efficacy and choice is, in turn, entirely mediated through the children… 

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