Richard A. Young, Ed.D.

Chercheur régulier

University of British-Columbia
Department of Educational and Counselling Psychology and Special Education
2125 Main Mall
Vancouver (British-Columbia) V6T 1Z4

Téléphone : 604 822-6380
Télécopieur : 604 822-2328
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Projets de recherche en cours


Titre : Transition into adulthood as goal-directed projects for youth with intellectual disabilities and their parents. [Pour en savoir plus...]

Organisme subventionnaire : SSHRC Insight Grant 

Chercheur principal : R. Young

Cochercheur-e-s : Marshall, S., Stainton, T.

Années : 2013-2016



Titre : Over 2 U: Governance transfer between parents and adolescents. [Pour en savoir plus...]

Organisme subventionnaire : SSHRC Insight Grant

Chercheur principal : S.Marshall

Cochercheur-e-s : Young, R., Tilton-Weaver, L.

Années : 2013-2016





Projets de recherche antérieurs


  • Parents' & adolescents' goal-directed actions regarding extracurricular structured & unstructured activities with peers.
  • Counselling as a context for youth transitions.
  • Career development as a couples project.
  • Self-defining memories in depressed university students.
  • High school without alcohol and marijuana : Dispelling the myth.
  • Family career development projects of gifted adolescents in Hong Kong.
  • Developing the use of the self-confrontation procedure for use with suicidal clients.
  • Urban Aboriginal families career development projects.
  • Transition to adulthood as a family project.
  • Séminaire sur les pratiques professionnelles et les théories de l'action.
  • XXV International Congress of Applied Psychology.
  • Exploring the development of sunbathing habits among adolescents.
  • The family career development project in disadvantaged families. 






Livres et direction d’ouvrages scientifiques


  • Young, R. A., Domene, J. F., et Valach, L. (dir.) (2015).  Counseling and action: Toward life-enhancing work, relationships, and identity. New York: Springer Science+Business Media.
  • Young, R.A., Marshall, S.K., Valach, L., Domene, J.F., Graham, M.D. et Zaidman-Zait, A. (2010). Transition to adulthood : Action, projects and counseling. New York : Springer-Science. 248 p.
  • Valach, L., Young, R. A. et Lynam, M. J. (2002). Action theory : A primer for research in the social sciences. Westport, CT : Praeger. 264 p.
  • Collin, A. et Young, R. A. (dir.) (2000). The future of career. Cambridge, England : Cambridge University Press. 336 p.
  • Young, R.A. et Collin, A. (dir.) (1992). Interpreting career : Hermeneutical studies of lives in context. New York : Praeger. 225 p.
  • Young, R.A. et Borgen, W.A. (dir.) (1990). Methodological approaches to the study of career. New York : Praeger. 267 p.



Direction de numéros thématiques de revues scientifiques


  • Young, R. A. & Collin, A. (Eds.) (2004). Constructivism and career theory. Special issue of the Journal of Vocational Behavior, 64.
  • Young, R. A. & Maranda, M.-F. (Eds.) (2002). Action theory and counseling. Special issue of the Canadian Journal of Counselling, 36(2-3).



Articles référés à des comités de lecture


  • Klaassen, D. W., Young, R. A., et James, S. (2015). Relational and Spiritual Dimensions of Parental Grieving. Canadian Journal of Counselling and Psychotherapy / Revue canadienne de counseling et de psychothérapie, 49(1), 79-95.

  • Green, A. R. Young, R. A. (2014). The lived experience of visual creative expression for young adult cancer survivors. European Journal of Cancer Care. DOI: 10.1111/ecc.12269

  • Marshall, S. K., Young, R. A., Wozniak, A., Lollis, S., Tilton-Weaver, L., Nelson, M., et Gossling, K. (2014). Parent-adolescent joint projects involving leisure time and activities during the transition to high school. Journal of Adolescence, 37, 1031- 1042.

  • Zaidman-Zait, A., Marshall, S. K., Young, R. A., et Hertzman, C. (2014). Beyond compliance: Mother-child joint action during a “do” task. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 23(6), 1034-1049.

  • Parada, F., & Young, R. A. (2013). Youth work transitions: A review with implications for counselling and career practice. Canadian Journal of Counselling and Psychotherapy, 47, 196-222. [En ligne]

  • Domene, J. F., Nee, J. J., Cavanaugh, A.K., McLelland, S., Stewart, B., Stephenson, M., Kauffman, B., Tse, C. K. et Young, R. A. (2012). Young adult couples transitioning to work: The intersection of career and relationship. Journal of Vocational Behavior, 81, 17-25.
  • Young, R. A. et Domene, J. F. (2012). Creating a research agenda in career counselling: The place of action theory. British Journal of Guidance and Counselling, 40, 15-30.
  • Dyer, B., Pizzarno, M.C., Qu, K., Valach, L., Marshall, S.K. et Young, R.A. (2010). Unconscious processes in career counselling : An action theoretical perspective. British Journal of Guidance and Counselling, 38(3), 343-362.
  • Young, R.A. et Valach, L. (2010). The contribution of action theory to defining counselling psychology in a global context. Counseling : Giornale Italiano de Ricerca e Applicazioni, 3.
  • Young, R. A., Marshall, S. K., Domene, J. F., Graham, M., Logan, L., Zaidman-Zait, A., Mart, A., & Lee, C. M. (2008). Transition to adulthood as a parent-youth project: Governance transfer, career promotion, and relational processes.  Journal of Counseling Psychology, 55(3), 297-307.
  • Marshall, S. K., Young, R. A. & Tilton-Weaver, L. C. (2008). Balancing acts : Adolescents' and parents' friendship projects. Journal of Adolescent Research, 23(5), 544-565.
  • Marshall, S. K., Young, R. A., Domene, J. F. & Zaidman, A. (2008). Adolescent possible selves as jointly constructed in parent-adolescent career conversations and related activities. Identity : An International Journal of Theory and Research, 8(3), 185-204.
  • Domene, J. F. & Young, R. A. (2008). Expanding the action project method to encompass comparative analyses. International Journal of Qualitative Methods, 7(1), 54-80.
  • Graham, M. D., Young, R. A., Valach, L. & Wood, R. A. (2008). Addiction as a complex social process : An action theoretical perspective. Addiction Theory and Research, 16(2), 121-133.
  • Zaidman-Zait, A. & Young, R. A. (2008). Parental involvement in the habilitation process following children’s cochlear implantation : An action theory perspective. Journal of Deaf Studies and Deaf Education, 13(2), 193-214
  • Popadiuk, N., Young, R. A. & Valach, L. (2008). Clinician perspectives of the therapeutic use of the self-confrontation procedure with suicidal clients. Journal of Mental Health Counseling, 30(1), 14-30.
  • Young, R. A., Marshall, S. K., Domene, J. F., Graham, M., Logan, C., Templeton, T., Zaidman-Zait, A. Valach, L. (2007). Meaningful actions and motivated projects in the transition to adulthood : Two case illustrations. International Journal of Educational and Vocational Guidance, 7(3), 149-158.
  • Domene, J. F., Arim, R. G. & Young, R. A. (2007). Gender and career development projects in early adolescence : Similarities and differences between mother-daughter and mother-son dyads. Qualitative Research in Psychology, 4(1-2), 107-126.
  • Young, R. A. & Nicol, J. J. (2007). Counselling psychology in Canada : Advancing psychology for all.Applied Psychology : An International Journal, 56(1), 20-32.
  • Young, R. A., Marshall, S. & Valach, L. (2007). Making career theories more culturally sensitive : Implications for counseling. Career Development Quarterly, 56(1), 4-18.
  • Haverkamp, B. E. & Young, R. A. (2007). Paradigms, purpose, and role of the literature : Formulating a rationale for qualitative investigations. The Counseling Psychologist, 35(2), 265-294.
  • Valach, L., Michel, K., Young, R. A. & Dey, P. (2006) Suicide attempts as social directed systems of careers, projects and actions. Suicide and Life Threatening Behavior, 36(6), 651-660.
  • Young, R. A. & Valach, L. (2006). La notion de projet en psychologie de l’orientation. L’Orientation Scolaire et Professionnelle, 35(4), 495-509.
  • Valach, L., Michel, K., Dey, P. & Young, R. A. (2006). Linking life- and suicide-related goal directed processes : A qualitative study. Journal of Mental Health Counseling, 28(4), 353-371.
  • Young, R. A., Marshall, S., Domene, J. F., Arato-Bolivar, J., Hayoun, R., Marshall, E., Zaidman-Zait, A. & Valach, L. (2006). Relationships, communication, and career in the parent-adolescent projects of families with and without challenges. Journal of Vocational Behavior, 68(1), 1-23.
  • Young, R. A., Valach, L. & Domene, J. F. (2005). The action-project method in counseling psychology. Journal of Counseling Psychology, 52(2), 215-223.
  • Young, R. A., Logan, C., Lovato, C. Y., Moffat, B. & Shoveller, J. A. (2005). Sun protection and outdoor activities as family health projects. Journal of Health Psychology, 10(3), 333-344.
  • Valach, L. & Young, R. A. (2004). Some cornerstones in the development of a contextual action theory of career and counselling. International Journal of Educational and Vocational Guidance, 4(1), 61-81.
  • Young, R. A. & Valach, L. (2004). The construction of career through goal-directed action. Journal of Vocational Behavior, 64(3), 499-514.
  • Young, R. A. & Collin, A. (2004). Introduction : Constructivism and social constructionism in the career field. Journal of Vocational Behavior, 64(3), 373-388.
  • Shoveller, J. A., Lovato, C. Y., Young, R. A. & Moffat, B. (2003). Exploring the development of sun tanning behavior : A grounded theory study of adolescents’ decision-making experiences with becoming a sun tanner. International Journal of Behavioral Medicine, 10(4), 299-314.
  • Young, R. A., Valach, L., Ball, J., Turkel, H. & Wong, Y. S. (2003). The family career development project in Chinese Canadian families. Journal of Vocational Behavior, 62(2), 287-304.
  • Young, R. A., Valach, L., Ball, J., Paseluikho, A., Wong, Y. S., DeVries, R., McLean, H. & Turkel, H. (2003). Adolescenti e sviluppo professionale: il coinvolgimento della famiglia. Giornale Italiano di Psicologia dell'Orientamento, 4(1), 28-43.



Contributions à des ouvrages collectifs


  • Young, R. A., et Valach, L. (2014). Identity and self-construction as action processes. Dans A. DiFabio et J.-L. Bernaud (dir.), The construction of the identity in 21st century: A festschrift for Jean Guichard (p.117-134). Hauppauge, NY: Nova Science Publishers.

  • Young, R. A. (2013). The case of Emily. In S. Niles, J. Goodman, & M. Pope (Eds.), Career counseling casebook: A resource for practitioners, students, and counselor educators (2nd ed.). Broken Arrow, OK: National Career Development Association.

  • Young, R. A. (2013). Introduction. In H. Zoglowek & M. Aleksandrovich (Eds.), Psychological and pedagogical aspects of motivation (p. 7). Zurich, Switzerland: Lit Verlag

  • Valach, L. et Young, R. A. (2013). The case study of therapy with a Swiss woman: An action theory perspective. In S. Poyrazli & C. E. Thompson (Eds.), International case studies in mental health (p. 13-32). Los Angeles: Sage.
  • Young, R. A. et Popadiuk, N. (2012). Social constructionist theories of vocational psychology. In P. McIlveen & D. E. Schultheiss (Eds.), Social constructionism in vocational psychology and career development. Rotterdam : Sense Publishers.
  • Young, R. A. et Collin, A. (2012) Constructivism and social constructionism in the career field. In K. Inkson & M. L. Savickas (Eds.), Career studies (Volume 4 – Careers in practice). London: Sage. (A reprint of Young, R. A. et Collin, A. (2004). Introduction: Constructivism and social constructionism in the career field. Journal of Vocational Behavior, 64, 373-388).
  • Young, R. A. et Valach, L. (2008). Action theory: An integrative paradigm for research and evaluation in career. In J. Athanasou & R.van Esbroeck (Eds.), International handbook of career guidance (p. 643-657).  New York : Springer-Science.
  • Young, R. A., Valach, Marshall, S. K. (2007). Parents and adolescents co-constructing career. In V. Shorikov & W. Patton (Eds.), Career development in childhood and adolescence (p. 277-294). Rotterdam, The Netherlands : Sense Publishers.
  • Stead, G. B. et Young, R. A. (2006). Qualitative research methods for a global psychology. In M. Stevens & U. Gielen (Eds.), Toward a global psychology : Theory, research, intervention, and pedagogy (p. 207-232). Mahweh, NJ : Erlbaum.
  • Marshall, S. K., Young, R. A. et Domene, J. F.(2006). Possible selves as joint projects. In J. Kerpelman & K. Dunkel (Eds.), Possible selves : Theory, research, and application (p. 141-161). Hauppauge, NY : Nova Science Publishers.



Actes de colloque


  • Young, R. A. (2004). Action and context in career counselling. In J.P. Dauwalder, R. Kunz, & J. Renz (Eds.), Quality development in vocational counselling and training. International conference 2003 : Final report (p. 102-107). Dubendorf, Switzerland : Swiss Association for Educational and Vocational Guidance.