Factor Structure of the Chinese Career Adapt-Abilities Scale in Youth with a Longer Spell of Status of not in Education, Employment, or Training

Xuebing Su*, Victor C W WONG, Siu ming To

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Abstract

This study examined the factor structure of the 24-item Chinese version of Career Adapt-Abilities Scale (CAAS-China Form) in a sample of 569 youth participants aged 15–21 with a longer spell of status (≥5 months) of not in education, employment, or training (NEET) in Hong Kong. The sample was randomly split into two for exploratory (EFA) and confirmatory factor analysis (CFA). EFA with the first split sample favored a 17-item two-factor structure over a 24-item four-factor structure. In CFA with the second split sample, the two-factor structure showed satisfactory goodness-of-fit while the fitness indices for four-factor structure were not satisfactory. The two-factor structure also revealed excellent internal consistency. In summary, CAAS-17 showed a stable two-factor structure with satisfactory internal consistency. The two subscales of CAAS-17 were named as career exploration and career self-efficacy. Implications for research study and relevant career intervention for longer-term NEET youth are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)250-267
Number of pages18
JournalChild and Youth Services
Volume42
Issue number3
Early online date4 Jun 2020
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2021

Scopus Subject Areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)

User-Defined Keywords

  • career adaptability
  • career exploration
  • career self-efficacy
  • factor structure
  • NEET youth

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