Proactive Personality and Decent Work Among Racially and Ethnically Diverse Working Adults

Douglass R. P., Autin K. L., Büyükgöze Kavas A., Gensmer N. P.

JOURNAL OF CAREER ASSESSMENT, vol.28, no.3, pp.512-528, 2020 (SSCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 28 Issue: 3
  • Publication Date: 2020
  • Doi Number: 10.1177/1069072719894571
  • Journal Indexes: Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI), Scopus, Academic Search Premier, EBSCO Education Source, Educational research abstracts (ERA), Psycinfo
  • Page Numbers: pp.512-528
  • Keywords: psychology of working, decent work, marginalization, economic constraints, volition, proactive personality, CAREER ADAPTABILITY, PSYCHOLOGY, METAANALYSIS, RACE, FIT
  • Ondokuz Mayıs University Affiliated: Yes


Building from the psychology of working framework, we examined the moderating role of proactive personality in the attainment of decent work among a sample of racially and ethnically diverse employed adults in the United States (N = 238). We tested our hypotheses using structural equation modeling and found experiences of marginalization and economic constraints to have indirect associations with decent work via work volition. We also found marginalization, work volition, and career adaptability to have direct associations with decent work but found no support for proactive personality as a moderating mechanism. Our findings contribute to the growing literature examining how contextual variables are associated with securing decent work among diverse groups. We discuss practical implications along with future directions for research related to the psychology of working.