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Career adaptivity, adaptability, and adapting: A conceptual and empirical investigation

Published on Apr 1, 2015in Journal of Vocational Behavior 3.39
· DOI :10.1016/j.jvb.2014.11.008
Andreas Hirschi24
Estimated H-index: 24
(University of Bern),
Anne Herrmann9
Estimated H-index: 9
(NU: Northwestern University),
Anita C. Keller7
Estimated H-index: 7
(University of Bern)
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Abstract
The literature on career adaptation is vast and based on a range of different measurement approaches. The present paper aims to explore how different operationalizations of career adaptability in terms of concern, control, curiosity, and confidence are related from a conceptual and empirical standpoint. Based on a cross-sectional analysis with 1260 German university students, we established that the adaptability resources of concern, control, curiosity, and confidence are significantly related to, but empirically distinct from, measures representing adapting in terms of career planning, career decision-making difficulties, career exploration, and occupational self-efficacy. In a follow-up survey six months later, we found that the career adaptability dimensions partially mediated the effects of adaptivity (i.e., core self-evaluations and proactivity) on planning, decision-making difficulties, exploration, and self-efficacy. Interestingly, in both analyses, there was no clear match between adaptability resources and theoretically corresponding aspects of career adapting in terms of behaviors, beliefs, and barriers. The results suggest that psychological career resources in terms of concern, control, curiosity, and confidence partially mediate the effects of more context-general, trait-like adaptivity on different career-specific behavioral forms of adapting.
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Published on Dec 1, 2014in Journal of Vocational Behavior 3.39
Ieva Urbanavičiūtė3
Estimated H-index: 3
(Vilnius University),
Antanas Kairys4
Estimated H-index: 4
(Vilnius University)
+ 1 AuthorsAudrone Liniauskaite2
Estimated H-index: 2
(Vilnius University)
Abstract The Career Adapt-Abilities Scale-Lithuanian Form consists of four six-item subscales measuring concern, control, curiosity, and confidence. These are thought to be the main dimensions of career adaptability reflecting individual psychosocial resources to cope with occupational transitions, developmental tasks, and work traumas. Two studies were administered in a sample (N = 767) of Lithuanian high school students. The results showed factor structure to be identical to that of the CAAS-I...
Published on Feb 1, 2014in Journal of Vocational Behavior 3.39
Laramie R. Tolentino6
Estimated H-index: 6
(ANU: Australian National University),
Patrick Raymund James M. Garcia11
Estimated H-index: 11
(ANU: Australian National University)
+ 3 AuthorsCarolin Plewa17
Estimated H-index: 17
(University of Adelaide)
Abstract This study examines the psychometric properties of the Career Adapt-Abilities Scale (CAAS) and its relation to adaptivity (i.e., learning goal orientation, proactive personality, and career optimism) among Australian university students (N = 555). Results demonstrated adequate levels of test–retest reliability (r = .61 to .76) and internal consistency (α = .83 to .94) for the CAAS full scale and subscales over a 4-week interval between measurements. Confirmatory factor analysis also sup...
Published on Dec 1, 2013in Journal of Vocational Behavior 3.39
Yanjun Guan18
Estimated H-index: 18
(RUC: Renmin University of China),
Hong Deng8
Estimated H-index: 8
(LSE: London School of Economics and Political Science)
+ 7 AuthorsYuhui Li2
Estimated H-index: 2
(RUC: Renmin University of China)
Based on career construction theory, the current research examined the role of career adaptability in Chinese university graduates' job search process (N = 270). Results from a three-wave survey study showed that the four dimension of career adaptability (measured at wave 1) correlated positively with university graduates' job search self-efficacy (measured at wave 2) and their employment status (measured at wave 3). Among graduates who became employed, career adaptability dimensions also predic...
Published on Dec 1, 2013in Journal of Vocational Behavior 3.39
Claire S. Johnston7
Estimated H-index: 7
(UNIL: University of Lausanne),
Eva C. Luciano6
Estimated H-index: 6
(UZH: University of Zurich)
+ 2 AuthorsJérôme Rossier27
Estimated H-index: 27
(UNIL: University of Lausanne)
Career adapt-ability has recently gained momentum as a psychosocial construct that not only has much to offer the field of career development, but also contributes to positive coping, adjustment and self-regulation through the four dimensions of concern, control, curiosity and confidence. The positive psychology movement, with concepts such as the orientations to happiness, explores the factors that contribute to human flourishing and optimum functioning. This research has two main contributions...
Published on Aug 1, 2013in Journal of Vocational Behavior 3.39
Andreas Hirschi24
Estimated H-index: 24
(UNIL: University of Lausanne),
Bora Lee8
Estimated H-index: 8
(PSU: Pennsylvania State University)
+ 1 AuthorsFred W. Vondracek29
Estimated H-index: 29
(PSU: Pennsylvania State University)
Proactive career behaviors become increasingly important in today's career environment, but little is known about how and when motivational patterns affect individual differences. In a six-month longitudinal study among German university students (Study 1; N = 289) it was demonstrated that motivation in terms of “can do” (self-efficacy and context beliefs), “reason to” (autonomous career goals), and “energized to” (positive affect) significantly predicted career behaviors. Contrary to expectatio...
Published on Jan 1, 2013in Swiss Journal of Psychology 0.46
Andreas Hirschi24
Estimated H-index: 24
,
Anne Herrmann9
Estimated H-index: 9
Assessing problems in career decision making among adolescents is important for career guidance and research. The present study is the first to investigate among Swiss adolescents the factor structure and convergent validity in relation to personality of the German-language adaptation of the My Vocational Situation Scale. Two preliminary studies (N = 217) suggested that using a 5-point Likert scale response format would increase scale reliability. The confirmatory factor analyses in the main stu...
Published on Aug 1, 2012in Journal of Career Assessment 1.71
Andreas Hirschi24
Estimated H-index: 24
(UNIL: University of Lausanne),
Anne Herrmann9
Estimated H-index: 9
(UNIL: University of Lausanne)
The present study explores what mechanism might be responsible for the reported link between presence of a calling in one’s career and life satisfaction. It is proposed that vocational identity achievement acts as one important mediator of this relation and that the effects can be observed even when controlling for core self-evaluations (CSEs). The study used a short-term longitudinal design based on a sample of 269 German college students from different majors. The results confirmed the mediati...
Published on Jun 1, 2012in Journal of Vocational Behavior 3.39
Mark L. Savickas36
Estimated H-index: 36
(NEOMED: Northeast Ohio Medical University),
Erik J. Porfeli15
Estimated H-index: 15
(NEOMED: Northeast Ohio Medical University)
Abstract Researchers from 13 countries collaborated in constructing a psychometric scale to measure career adaptability. Based on four pilot tests, a research version of the proposed scale consisting of 55 items was field tested in 13 countries. The resulting Career Adapt-Abilities Scale (CAAS) consists of four scales, each with six items. The four scales measure concern, control, curiosity, and confidence as psychosocial resources for managing occupational transitions, developmental tasks, and ...
Published on Jun 1, 2012in Journal of Vocational Behavior 3.39
Annelies E. M. Van Vianen32
Estimated H-index: 32
(UvA: University of Amsterdam),
Ute-Christine Klehe21
Estimated H-index: 21
(University of Giessen)
+ 1 AuthorsNicky Dries22
Estimated H-index: 22
(Katholieke Universiteit Leuven)
The Career Adapt-Abilities Scale (CAAS) — Netherlands Form consists of four scales, each with six items, which measure concern, control, curiosity, and confidence as psychosocial resources for managing occupational transitions, developmental tasks, and work traumas. Internal consistency estimates for the subscale and total scores ranged from satisfactory to excellent. The factor structure was quite similar to the one computed for the combined data from 13 countries. The Dutch version of the CAAS...
Published on Jun 1, 2012in Journal of Vocational Behavior 3.39
Jinkook Tak8
Estimated H-index: 8
(Kwangwoon University)
Abstract The Career Adapt-Abilities Scale (CAAS) — Korea Form consists of four subscales, each with six items. The subscales measure concern, control, curiosity, and confidence as psychosocial resources for managing occupational transitions, developmental tasks, and work traumas. Internal consistency estimates for the subscale and total scores ranged from good to excellent. The factor structure was quite similar to the one computed for combined data from 13 countries. The CAAS Korea Form is iden...
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David M. Tokar22
Estimated H-index: 22
(University of Akron),
Mark L. Savickas36
Estimated H-index: 36
(NEOMED: Northeast Ohio Medical University),
Kevin P. Kaut10
Estimated H-index: 10
(University of Akron)
Published in Current Psychology 1.47
Emmanuel Affum-Osei1
Estimated H-index: 1
(CUHK: The Chinese University of Hong Kong),
Collins Opoku Antwi1
Estimated H-index: 1
(USST: University of Shanghai for Science and Technology)
+ -3 AuthorsSolomon Kwarteng Forkouh
This study examined the psychometric properties of the Career Adapt-Abilities Scale (CAAS) in Ghana and its associations with individual-level ambidexterity and employees’ service performance. The CAAS International-Form constitutes four sub-scales, each with six items, which measure career concern, career control, career curiosity, and career confidence as self-regulatory resources that could help individuals to effectively manage occupational transitions, developmental tasks, and work roles. W...
Daniel Spurk7
Estimated H-index: 7
(University of Bern),
Judith Volmer14
Estimated H-index: 14
(University of Bamberg)
+ -3 AuthorsAnja S. Göritz22
Estimated H-index: 22
(University of Freiburg)
Published on Jul 17, 2019in Journal of Career Development 1.43
Jenny Marcionetti4
Estimated H-index: 4
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Jérôme Rossier27
Estimated H-index: 27
Self-esteem, general self-efficacy, and career adaptability, which include career concern, control, curiosity, and confidence, are important resources for adolescents who are required to make impor...
Published on Jan 22, 2019in The Journal of Psychology 1.43
Xiao-min Xu (Edin.: University of Edinburgh), Kun Yu (RUC: Renmin University of China)
AbstractDrawing upon the career construction theory and the trait activation theory, the present study first aims to uncover the interactive effect of core self-evaluation (CSE) and ethical leadership on career adaptability. In addition, the authors examined how career adaptability mediates the interaction effect of CSE and ethical leadership on organizational citizenship behavior (OCB). Two-wave data from 156 employees were collected in a manufacturing company over a one-month interval. Results...
Published on Jun 1, 2019in Journal of Career Development 1.43
Sobia Shabeer , Shawn J. Mohammed (University High School)+ 1 AuthorsAhmad Raza Bilal
Very little research has examined how career constructs are related to career plateaus. Given the dysfunctional consequences of plateauing, it is important to understand how career constructs, such as career adaptability, influence plateauing. Drawing on career construction theory and the theory of work adjustment, we propose that fit perceptions will mediate the career adaptability and plateauing relationship. Using data collected from 294 banking employees from the Punjab Province of Pakistan,...
Published on Jun 1, 2019in Journal of Vocational Behavior 3.39
Fei Zhu2
Estimated H-index: 2
(CUFE: Central University of Finance and Economics),
Zijun Cai5
Estimated H-index: 5
(BNU: Beijing Normal University)
+ 1 AuthorsYanjun Guan18
Estimated H-index: 18
(Durham University)
Abstract Although the negative relationship between career adaptability and turnover intention has been established in previous research, understanding of the mechanisms and boundary conditions is still incomplete. In this study we attempt to address this gap by developing a dual-path moderated mediation model based on career construction theory, social exchange theory and trait activation theory. Specifically, we propose two mediators - career satisfaction and perceived organizational support (...
Published on May 14, 2019in Frontiers in Psychology 2.13
Kun Yu1
Estimated H-index: 1
(RUC: Renmin University of China),
Kun Yu + 0 AuthorsYuhui Li
Drawing upon career construction theory (Savickas, 2002, 2013) and the job demand-control-support model (JDCS; Johnson & Hall, 1988; Van der Doef & Maes, 1999), the present study aims to explore the adaptability resources mechanism of the relationship between work stressors and counterproductive work behavior (CWB). Two-wave data were collected from 305 employees working in the operation department of an e-commerce company. The results showed that career adaptability mediated the relationship be...