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How Does Proactive Personality Promote Affective Well-Being? A Chained Mediation Model

Lu Xin1, Mengyi Li2,*, Fangcheng Tang1, Wenxia Zhou2, Wenxi Wang3

1 The College of Economics and Management, Beijing University of Chemical Technology, Beijing, 100029, China
2 School of Labor and Human Resources, Renmin University of China, Beijing, 100872, China
3 Logistics Management, Beijing Wuzi University, Beijing, 101149, China

* Corresponding Author: Mengyi Li. Email:

International Journal of Mental Health Promotion 2019, 21(1), 1-11.


Based on social cognitive career theory, this research examined a chained mediation model for the relations between proactive personality, career success criteria clarity, career decision-making self-efficacy and affective wellbeing. A two-wave survey study was conducted among Chinese graduating students (N = 235). The results showed that proactive personality (measured at time 1), career success criteria clarity (measured at time 1), and career decisionmaking self-efficacy (measured at time 2) positively related to affective well-being respectively. In addition, the results further revealed that proactive personality was positively related to career success criteria clarity, which further predicted affective well-being through the full mediation of career decision-making selfefficacy. The findings carry theoretical implications for research on affective wellbeing and advance our understanding of social cognitive career theory. Practical implications for both career educators and consultants are discussed.


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Xin, L., Li, M., Tang, F., Zhou, W., Wang, W. (2019). How Does Proactive Personality Promote Affective Well-Being? A Chained Mediation Model. International Journal of Mental Health Promotion, 21(1), 1–11.

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