Validation of the Career Adapt-Abilities Scale and an examination of a model of career adaptation in the Philippine context

Laramie R. Tolentino, Patrick Raymund James M. Garcia, Simon Lloyd D. Restubog, Prashant Bordia, Robert L. Tang

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This paper presents the validation of the Career Adapt-Abilities Scale (CAAS) in the Philippine context. The CAAS consists of four subscales, with six items each, measuring self-regulative psychosocial resources (e.g., concern, curiosity, control, and confidence) for coping with occupational tasks and transitions. Filipino university students (. N=. 289) and working adults (. N=. 495) participated in the study. Internal consistency estimates for the full scale and subscales ranged from 87 to 97. Confirmatory factor analyses supported the multidimensional and hierarchical model of career adaptability. The factor structure was similar to that obtained from the CAAS international validation from 18 countries. Results also suggested that career adaptability was positively associated with adaptivity in the form of tenacious goal pursuit and flexible goal adjustment as well as with adaptation outcomes of career satisfaction and promotability. Overall, the findings confirm the utility of CAAS in the Philippine context and support the model that states higher levels of personal adaptivity (willingness) and career adaptability (competence) relate to better adaptation outcomes in terms of career success.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)410-418
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Vocational Behavior
Issue number3
StatePublished - Dec 2013
Externally publishedYes


  • Adaptation
  • Adaptivity
  • Career adaptability
  • Career success
  • Philippines

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Applied Psychology
  • Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management
  • Life-span and Life-course Studies


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