Career development projects and actions of emerging adults with Cystic Fibrosis and their parents: a qualitative exploration

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University of New Brunswick


This study explored the ways in which emerging adults with cystic fibrosis (CF) engage in joint goal-directed processes related to career development with their parents. Using the conceptual framework of contextual action theory, and procedures from Stake’s (2005) multicase study approach and Young, Valach and Domene’s (2005) action project method, this study addressed the question: How do emerging adults with CF describe their career development as joint goal-directed action in the context of their relationships with their parents? Several unique processes and experiences emerged from the analysis, as well as two common themes: parental support and health. Overall, the findings revealed that the career development of emerging adults with CF is constructed though numerous joint goal directed actions, which were embedded in a relational context with their parents. There are also several implications of these findings for counselling practice.