The parental career-related Behaviors (PCB) questionnaire: Italian validation

Marcionetti, Jenny and Rossier, Jérôme (2016) The parental career-related Behaviors (PCB) questionnaire: Italian validation. TPM - Testing, Psychometrics, Methodology in Applied Psychology, 23 (3). pp. 347-363.

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Although it has been acknowledged that parental support has an influence on adolescents’ career decision-making difficulties, there is no available validated scale in Italian that assesses this support. For this reason, the goal of the present study was to validate an Italian version of the parental career-related behaviors questionnaire (PCB) in a sample of 481 adolescents. An exploratory and confirmatory factor analysis supported the three-dimensional structure of the PCB. The internal consistencies were high for all subscales. Evidence of measurement invariance across boys and girls was observed. Finally, the PCB dimensions were meaningfully related to career exploration activities and career indecision. The strongest associations were found between parental support and adolescents’ career exploration activities and between both parents’ interference and their lack of engagement behaviors and career indecision in adolescents. These findings suggest that the Italian version of the PCB is a valid tool for assessing parental career-related behaviors and could be of interest for career counselors working with adolescents.

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