Exploring the third level of career adaptability: Canonical correlation between career adaptabilities and defense styles

Andrei Rusu, Cornelia Măirean, Silvia Măgurean


The aim of the present study was to assess the associations between career adaptabilities and personal defense styles. A sample of 147 Psychology undergraduate students filled in a questionnaire that included the Romanian form of Career Adapt-Abilities Scale (CAAS) and Defense Style Questionnaire 60 (DSQ-60). We adopted a canonical correlation approach in order to explore the pattern of relationships between the CAAS dimensions and the three defensive styles. Results showed that higher scores on career adaptability (especially control, curiosity, and confidence) are linearly associated with higher scores on adaptive defense style. These results are in concordance with career construction theory.

Career adaptability; CAAS; Defense mechanisms; Coping; Canonical correlation

Cornelia Măirean – Al. I. Cuza University, Iaşi, Romania, Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences, E-mail: cornelia.mairean@uaic.ro

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