Action-state orientation and the theory of planned behavior: A study of job search in China

Zhaoli Song, Connie Wanberg, Xiongying Niu, Yizhong Xie

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Abstract

Job search is an important element of people's careers and is especially critical for unemployed individuals. The current study surveyed a sample of 328 unemployed job seekers in China to test hypotheses related to the theory of planned behavior and action-state orientation theory. Results of the three-wave longitudinal study demonstrated that the theory of planned behavior was effective in modeling job-search intention and job-search intensity. Action-state orientation moderated the relationship between attitude and intention, as well as the relationship between intention and intensity. The current study sheds light on the motivational and self-regulatory process of job search and reemployment for Chinese unemployed job seekers.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)490-503
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Vocational Behavior
Volume68
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 1 2006

Keywords

  • Action-state orientation
  • China
  • Job search
  • Theory of planned behavior
  • Unemployment

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