ERIC Number: EJ727053
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
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The Career Futures Inventory: A Measure of Career-Related Adaptability and Optimism
Rottinghaus, Patrick J.; Day, Susan X.; Borgen, Fred H.
Journal of Career Assessment, v13 n1 p3-24 2005
The purpose of this study was to provide initial results on the development and validation of the Career Futures Inventory (CFI), a new 25-item measure of positive career planning attitudes. Items were originated using the rational method. Results from an item analysis of scale homogeneity and exploratory factor analysis in a sample of 690 undergraduates from a large midwestern university revealed three subscales: Career Adaptability, Career Optimism, and Perceived Knowledge. Confirmatory factor analyses indicated that the three-factor model provided an excellent fit to the data. Additional analyses established high internal consistency, temporal stability, and construct validity through examination of correlates with dispositional optimism, Big Five personality characteristics, generalized problem solving, vocationally relevant self-efficacy, interests, and numerous career-relevant attitudes and outcomes. Implications for future research and counseling practice are discussed.
Descriptors: Personality Traits, Test Validity, Self Efficacy, Item Analysis, Factor Analysis, Construct Validity, Career Planning, Test Construction, Attitude Measures, Undergraduate Students, Problem Solving
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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