A Social Cognitive View of Career Development and Guidance

  • Steven D. BrownEmail author
  • Robert W. Lent


This chapter summarises Social Cognitive Career Theory (SSCT) and its implications for providing career guidance across the life-span. All five extant SCCT models (interest, choice, performance, satisfaction, and career self-management) are discussed along with meta-analytic and other research evidence supporting hypotheses of each model. The bulk of the chapter presents implications for promoting optimum career development and fostering increased agency for all people, regardless of their life circumstances.


Social cognitive career theory Career development Career guidance 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Loyola University ChicagoChicagoUSA
  2. 2.University of MarylandCollege ParkUSA

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