Career Adaptability, Self-Esteem, and Social Support Among Hong Kong University Students

Tracy HUI*, Mantak Yuen, Gaowei Chen

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Career adaptability manifests itself through 4 self-regulated internal resources for coping with occupational challenges and transitions: concern, control, curiosity, and confidence. Few studies have examined career adaptability specifically in the Hong Kong context. The Career Adapt-Abilities Scale–China Form (CAAS-China; Hou, Leung, Li, Li, & Xu, 2012) was administered, along with measures of self-esteem and social support, to 522 Hong Kong Chinese undergraduate students. Results indicated that the CAAS-China is a reliable and valid instrument for use with these students. Data also showed that self-esteem was strongly associated with career adaptability, and this relationship was partially mediated by perceived social support. Implications for careers counseling in universities and colleges are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)94-106
Number of pages13
JournalCareer Development Quarterly
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2018

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Applied Psychology
  • Psychology(all)
  • Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management

User-Defined Keywords

  • Career Adapt-Abilities Scale
  • career adaptability
  • self-esteem
  • social support


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