Developing a career development self-efficacy instrument for Chinese adolescents in Hong Kong

Mantak Yuen*, Norman C. Gysbers, Raymond M C CHAN, Patrick S.Y. Lau, Thomas K.M. Leung, Eadaoin K.P. Hui, Peter M.K. Shea

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A 24-item measure, the Career Development Self-Efficacy Inventory (CD-SEI), was developed to assess career development self-efficacy among adolescents in Hong Kong. The CD-SEI covered six domains representing competencies needed by high school students transiting from school to work in Hong Kong. The confirmatory factor analyses of the responses from 6776 Grades 10-13 students showed that the six primary factors with one higher order factor model was the best fit to the data, though the one general factor model yielded an adequate fit. Reliability analyses showed that the total scale and subscales were internally consistent. The data suggested that Hong Kong adolescents had some, but not strong confidence in their career development. Students with plans to study at a university had more confidence in their career development than those who did not have such plans. This is the first study to develop and validate a career development self-efficacy measure for Chinese adolescents. Issues related to comprehensive guidance programming and assessment instrument development from a cross-cultural perspective were discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)57-73
Number of pages17
JournalInternational Journal for Educational and Vocational Guidance
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2005

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  • Visual Arts and Performing Arts


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