The career satisfaction scale in context: A test for measurement invariance across four occupational groups

Spurk, Daniel; Abele, Andrea E.; Volmer, Judith (2015). The career satisfaction scale in context: A test for measurement invariance across four occupational groups. Journal of Career Assessment, 23(2), pp. 191-209. Sage 10.1177/1069072714535019

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This study analyzed the influence of the occupational context on the conceptualization of career satisfaction measured by the career satisfaction scale (CSS). In a large sample of N ¼ 729 highly educated professionals, a cross-occupational (i.e., physicians, economists, engineers, and teachers) measurement invariance analysis showed that the CSS was conceptualized according to occupational group membership, that is, 4 of the 5 items of the scale showed measurement noninvariance. More specifically, the relative importance, the response biases, and the reliabilities associated with different career satisfaction content domains measured by the CSS (i.e., achieved success, overall career goals, goals for advancement, goals for income, and goals for development of new skills) varied by occupational context. However, results of a comparison between manifest and latent mean differences between the occupational groups revealed that the observed measurement noninvariance did not affect the estimation of mean differences.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)


07 Faculty of Human Sciences > Institute of Psychology > Work and Organisational Psychology

UniBE Contributor:

Spurk, Daniel


100 Philosophy > 150 Psychology
300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology








Daniel Michael Spurk

Date Deposited:

25 Mar 2015 13:12

Last Modified:

21 Aug 2018 12:30

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Uncontrolled Keywords:

occupational and career context, career success, career satisfaction scale, occupational measure- ment invariance, latent mean differences




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