The Career Adapt-Abilities Scale in Macau: Psychometric characteristics and construct validity

Hsiu Lan Shelley Tien, Sieh Hwa Lin, Pei Jung Hsieh, Shuh Ren Jin

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The purpose of the study was to determine if the CAAS could be used with middle school students. Currently no study has been done for the application of CAAS on middle school students. We examined the reliability and validity of the Career Adapt-Ability Scale (CAAS) in Macau for middle school and high school students. The CAAS consists of four scales, each with six items, which measure concern, control, curiosity, and confidence. We tested the internal consistency and factor structure with 270 middle school students and 188 high school students. We also compared students' performance on CAAS in terms of gender and age. The results indicated that internal consistency estimates for the subscale and total scores were good for both high school and middle school students. The factor structure was quite similar to the one computed for combined data from 13 countries (Savickas & Porfeli, 2012). In addition, we found that high school students scored significantly higher than middle school students on the CAAS scales. Based on the results, the CAAS-Macau Form appears ready for use by researchers and practitioners who wish to measure adaptability resources among middle school and high school students in Macau.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)259-265
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Vocational Behavior
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2014 Jun


  • Career adaptability
  • Career assessment
  • Chinese culture
  • Cross culture

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Applied Psychology
  • Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management
  • Life-span and Life-course Studies


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