Validation of an adapted French form of the Career Adapt-Abilities Scale in four Francophone countries

TitleValidation of an adapted French form of the Career Adapt-Abilities Scale in four Francophone countries
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2013
AuthorsJohnston, C, Broonen, J-P, Stauffer, SD, Hamtiaux, A, Pouyaud, J, Zecca, G, Houssemand, C, Rossier, J
JournalJournal of Vocational Behavior
Volume83
Number1
Pagination1-10
Date Published08/2013
ISSN0001-8791
Keywordsadaptability, career adapt-abilities, measurement invariance, test adaptation
Abstract

This study presents the validation of a French version of the Career Adapt-Abilities Scale in four Francophone countries. The aim was to re-analyze the item selection and then compare this newly developed French-language form with the international form 2.0. Exploratory factor analysis was used as a tool for item selection, and confirmatory factor analysis (CFA) verified the structure of the CAAS French-language form. Measurement equivalence across the four countries was tested using multi-group CFA. Adults and adolescents (N=1707) participated from Switzerland, Belgium, Luxembourg, and France. Items chosen for the final version of the CAAS French-language form are different to those in the CAAS international form 2.0 and provide an improvement in terms of reliability. The factor structure is replicable across country, age, and gender. Strong evidence for metric invariance and partial evidence for scalar invariance of the CAAS French-language form across countries is given. The CAAS French-language and CAAS international form 2.0 can be used in a combined form of 31 items. The CAAS French-language form will certainly be interesting for practitioners using interventions based on the life design paradigm or aiming at increasing career adapt-ability.

DOI10.1016/j.jvb.2013.02.002
Citation Key763
Refereed DesignationRefereed