Franca Tani Rosa Lazzaretti Filomena Maggino Martina Smorti Marco Giannini

An instrument for measuring Occupational Self-Efficacy: An Italian adaptation of the Occupational Self-Efficacy Scale

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The Occupational Self-Efficacy Scale (OCCSEFF) by Birgit Schyns & Gernot von Collani (2002) is a unidimensional self-report scale comprising 20 items for the assessment of occupational self-efficacy. The aim of this study was to develop a version suitable for Italian population. To this aim a gender-balanced random sample of 408 participants, aged 8-65 years was used. A multidimensional analysis supported a four-factor structure - Problem solving; Persisting in difficult professional situations; Management and organization; Achieving defined career goals - providing no evidence for the authors' original monofactorial hypothesis. Internal consistencies of all dimensions and concurrent validity with Rosenberg's Self-Esteem Scale were generally well. These good psychometric characteristics yield the OCCSEFF an highly useful measure that is specific to the occupational domain, but which can also be generalized to various professions.


  • Work psychology
  • occupational self-efficacy
  • Self-reported Scale


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