The validity of CAAS scores in divergent social occupations

McIlveen, Peter and Perera, Harsha N. and Hoare, P. Nancey and McLennan, Brad (2016) The validity of CAAS scores in divergent social occupations. Journal of Career Assessment. ISSN 1069-0727


This research investigated the latent structure and full measurement invariance of the Career Adapt-
Abilities Scale (CAAS) in three independent samples of social occupations for the first time, namely,
preservice teachers (n ¼ 344), retail workers (n ¼ 394), and mothers (n ¼ 160). Convergent and
divergent validity of the CAAS data was tested against scores on the Career Adaptability Scale of the
Career Futures Inventory (CA-CFI) using a multitrait-multimethod (MTMM) framework. The criterion
validity of the CAAS scores with respect to data on self-efficacy and satisfaction with life was
also investigated. The results support the multidimensional, hierarchical latent structure of the
CAAS data. The invariance of the retained structure across the distinct samples as well as support
for convergent, divergent, and test-criterion validity further attests the suitability and wide applicability
of the CAAS as a measure of career adaptability.

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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Permanent restricted access to ArticleFirst version in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Faculty / Department / School: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Linguistics, Adult and Specialist Education
Date Deposited: 09 Dec 2016 04:32
Last Modified: 12 Sep 2017 01:29
Uncontrolled Keywords: career adaptability, CAAS, measurement invariance, retail workers, mothers, teachers
Fields of Research : 13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130305 Educational Counselling
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1177/1069072716679922

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