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Development of a brief measure of career development influences based on the Systems Theory Framework of Career Development

Bridgstock, Ruth S. (2007) Development of a brief measure of career development influences based on the Systems Theory Framework of Career Development. Australian Journal of Career Development, 16(3), pp. 19-30.

Abstract

This paper documents the initial development and validation of a brief quantitative measure of career development influences based on the Systems Theory Framework of career development (McMahon & Patton, 1995; Patton & McMahon, 1997, 1999, 2006). Initial exploratory factor analyses of pilot study data revealed a six factor structure based on 20 of the 28 influences. A subsequent confirmatory factor analysis procedure using SEM revealed a fundamentally stable factor structure across the two different populations tested, although some further modifications were made to the scale. The final 19 item scale identified five correlated factors, of which three were within the framework’s individual system, one was within the social system, and one was within the environmental-societal system. In the final section of the paper, the theoretical implications of this factorial structure and the importance of the 'world of work knowledge' influence are addressed. The utility of the career development influences scale as a brief measure to contextualise more targeted measures in large scale quantitative career development studies is discussed.

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ID Code: 7923
Item Type: Journal Article
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Keywords: career development, systems theory, systems theory framework of career development, scale development, career development influences, SEM, structural equation modelling, confirmatory factor analysis
ISSN: 1038-4162
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES (170000) > PSYCHOLOGY (170100) > Industrial and Organisational Psychology (170107)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > SPECIALIST STUDIES IN EDUCATION (130300) > Learning Sciences (130309)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES (170000) > PSYCHOLOGY (170100) > Social and Community Psychology (170113)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Office of Education Research
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Past > Institutes > Institute for Creative Industries and Innovation
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2007 Australian Council for Educational Research
Copyright Statement: This article may not exactly replicate the final version published in the ACER journal. It is not a copy of the record.
Deposited On: 30 May 2007
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 23:33

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