The interaction of work adjustment and attachment theory: Employment counseling implications

Edina Renfro-Michel, Larry D. Burlew, Tracey Robert

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Career development is a lifelong process beginning with career choice. However, career choice alone does not guarantee career success. Rather than focus on choosing a career, the theory of work adjustment (TWA) focuses on the process of becoming an exemplary employee through each stage of an individual's career. Within TWA, employee relationships with peers and bosses create reputations that may help or hinder promotion. Understanding attachment theory in relation to TWA may help clients to become more successful in their career. Case examples explain how employment counselors may integrate TWA and attachment theory with clients.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)18-26
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Employment Counseling
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2009


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