Increasing Refugees’ Work and Job Search Self-Efficacy Perceptions by Developing Career Adaptability

Roberta Morici, Davide Massaro, Diego Boerchi

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Today’s unstable labor market increasingly requires flexibility and adaptability to cope with the threat of unemployment. Though this threat can cause distress in many people, its negative impact is even more significant on vulnerable workers such as refugees. This study aimed to explore if a career counseling intervention designed for refugees (CCfR) preceded increases in career adaptability and, therefore, perceptions of both work self-efficacy (WSe) and job search self-efficacy (JSSe). The study was conducted in Italy and involved a sample of 233 refugees, who were asked to respond to a questionnaire available in three languages (Italian, French, and English). Data analysis showed that improvement was demonstrated in all the variables considered, namely, career adaptability (composed by concern, control, confidence, and curiosity), WSe, and JSSe. In addition, the increase in career adaptability explained the increase in refugees’ WSe and JSSe; at the opposite, only the initial level of curiosity was found to explain the increase in WSe, while JSSe was completely independent from the initial level of the career adaptability.
Lingua originaleEnglish
pagine (da-a)197-209
Numero di pagine13
RivistaSocial Sciences
Stato di pubblicazionePubblicato - 2022


  • career adaptability
  • labor market integration
  • refugees
  • resettlement success


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