The Factors contribute to career adaptability of high school students

Karacan Özdemir, Nurten
The purpose of the study is to seek out some potential factors that contribute to career adaptability of high school students. For this purpose, the study examined to what extend the direct and indirect relations of perceived social support, optimism, general self-efficacy and the combination of these variables explain career adaptability of high school students. The sample of the study comprised of 1610 high school students (862 public high school; 748 private high school) from Ankara. Multidimensional Perceived Social Support Scale (MSPSS), Life Orientation Test-Revised (LOT-R), General Self-Efficacy Scale (GSE), and Career Adapt-Abilities Scale were used to collect the data. Multi-sample structural equation modeling (SEM) was carried out to investigate whether the proposed model of career adaptability fit the data. The results of multi-sample SEM demonstrated model invariance according to school type (public and private). Therefore a single-group structural equation modeling was administered. The proposed model explained 46% of the variance in career adaptability scores. The results revealed indirect effects of perceived social support and optimism in predicting career adaptability via general self-efficacy. The findings of the study may shed a light onto theory, research and practice in understanding factors that contribute to career adaptability of high school students.


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Citation Formats
N. Karacan Özdemir, “The Factors contribute to career adaptability of high school students,” Ph.D. - Doctoral Program, Middle East Technical University, 2016.