Career development of young adult cancer survivors: A conceptual framework

David R. Strauser, Ashleigh Jones, Chung Yi Chiu, Tim Tansey, Fong Chan

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BACKGROUND: Research with young adult cancer survivors has found that they are often lacking appropriate career development skills. As a result, they are often disconnected with the labor market and deal low levels of career readiness, low career self-efficacy, and higher rates of under and unemployment. OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this article is to describe a multi-domain model that provides a framework for conceptualizing the career development of young adult cancer survivors. METHODS: This study utilized a comprehensive review of the literature to develop a theoretical based conceptual model. RESULTS: The model emphasizes the interaction of contextual and career development domains to improve participation in the areas of work, society, community, and home. CONCLUSION: A brief discussion of potential implications regarding research, service and policy are offered with the overall goal of conceptualizing career development as a public health intervention for young adult cancer survivors and other young adults with chronic health conditions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)167-176
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Vocational Rehabilitation
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2015
Externally publishedYes


  • Cancer
  • career development
  • young adult

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Rehabilitation
  • Occupational Therapy


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