Ability self-estimates and self-efficacy: Meaningfully distinct?

Shawn T. Bubany, Jo Ida C. Hansen

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Conceptual differences between self-efficacy and ability self-estimate scores, used in vocational psychology and career counseling, were examined with confirmatory factor analysis, discriminate relations, and reliability analysis. Results suggest that empirical differences may be due to measurement error or scale content, rather than due to the meaningful reasons of frame of reference or language.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)168-187
Number of pages20
JournalMeasurement and Evaluation in Counseling and Development
Issue number3
StatePublished - Oct 2010


  • Campbell Interest and Skill Survey
  • Skills Confidence Inventory
  • career counseling
  • discriminant validity


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