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Effects of Family Business Membership and Psychological Separation on the Career Development of Late Adolescents

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Family businesses are reported to consist of over involved family relationships. Over involvement often leads to conflict when late adolescents attempt to develop their own identity, separate from the home, and choose an occupation. This study examines differences between family-and non-family-business offspring in relation to psychological over involvement, and career choice and development. Analyses of assessments completed by 248 undergraduate college students does not support the belief that family business members are overinvolved with each other, but does suggest implications for the career development of family business offspring.

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: 1: President of Family Business Consulting Services in Ft. Wayne, IN. 2: Associate Professor of Counseling and Development at Purdue University in West Lafayette, IN.

Publication date: 1996-12-01

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