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Revista Brasileira de Orientação Profissional

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SOARES, João  y  JANEIRO, Isabel Nunes. Initial development of the readiness to career unpredictability questionnaire. Rev. bras. orientac. prof [online]. 2015, vol.16, n.1, pp. 59-70. ISSN 1679-3390.

Based on the Planned Happenstance Theory and the Chaos Theory of Careers, this paper presents a new questionnaire for vocational assessment which aims to articulate the main ideas of these theories, specifically the disposition to explore the unpredictable and take advantage of opportunities generated by chance, the nonlinearity principle, the attractors, the self-confidence and the optimism. The participants were 226 adults aged between 18 and 63 years old. After psychometric analysis, 25 items were retained and a structure of four factors was identified. The four scales showed promising reliability scores and moderate to strong correlations with other measures of exploration and curiosity, which attest the construct validity. The potentialities, limitations and implications of using the questionnaire in vocational assessment are discussed.

Palabras clave : chaos theory; career counseling; vocational guidance; psychological assessment.

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