Validation of the Career Adapt-Abilities Scale and an examination of a model of career adaptation in the Philippine context

Published on Dec 1, 2013in Journal of Vocational Behavior3.387
· DOI :10.1016/j.jvb.2013.06.013
Laramie R. Tolentino6
Estimated H-index: 6
(ANU: Australian National University),
Patrick Raymund James M. Garcia12
Estimated H-index: 12
(ANU: Australian National University)
+ 2 AuthorsRobert L. Tang14
Estimated H-index: 14
(De La Salle–College of Saint Benilde)
Abstract This paper presents the validation of the Career Adapt-Abilities Scale (CAAS) in the Philippine context. The CAAS consists of four subscales, with six items each, measuring self-regulative psychosocial resources (e.g., concern, curiosity, control, and confidence) for coping with occupational tasks and transitions. Filipino university students ( N  = 289) and working adults ( N  = 495) participated in the study. Internal consistency estimates for the full scale and subscales ranged from .87 to .97. Confirmatory factor analyses supported the multidimensional and hierarchical model of career adaptability. The factor structure was similar to that obtained from the CAAS international validation from 18 countries. Results also suggested that career adaptability was positively associated with adaptivity in the form of tenacious goal pursuit and flexible goal adjustment as well as with adaptation outcomes of career satisfaction and promotability. Overall, the findings confirm the utility of CAAS in the Philippine context and support the model that states higher levels of personal adaptivity (willingness) and career adaptability (competence) relate to better adaptation outcomes in terms of career success.
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