ERIC Number: ED393865
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Nov-10
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The Construct Validity of Scores on the Career Beliefs Inventory.
Walsh, Beverly Dolenz; Thompson, Bruce
Making a career choice can be one of the most important decisions in a person's life. Instruments recently developed for use in career counseling have placed an increased emphasis on evaluating career-related beliefs. The purpose of the present study was to evaluate the psychometric characteristics of "Career Beliefs Inventory" scores in terms of construct validity. Factor analysis was the primary vehicle for this exploration. Two independent samples of data (251 undergraduates and 1,788 adults from the national standardization sample) were analyzed using confirmatory factor first-order and exploratory second-order factor analysis. Although the instrument has promise as a measure for use in career counseling or research regarding career choice, these analyses did not support a conclusion that its scores were valid. Confirmatory tests of theoretical models did not fit well, and results of the exploratory second-order analyses did not reproduce the previously reported exploratory factor analytic results. Nevertheless, replicable constructs were isolated across the two samples. (Contains 4 tables and 34 references.) (Author/SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers: Career Beliefs Inventory; Research Replication
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Mid-South Educational Research Association (Biloxi, MS, November 8-10, 1995).