Factorial Invariance of the Indecision Scale of the Career Decision Scale: A Multigroup Confirmatory Factor Analysis


concerning this article should be addressed to Ronald C. Feldt, Department of Psychology, Social Work, Sociology, and International Studies, Mount Mercy University, 1330 Elmhurst Drive NE, Cedar Rapids, IA 52402 (e-mail: rfeldt@mtmercy.edu).


Results of a multigroup confirmatory factor analysis (N= 686) indicated factorial invariance of a 3-factor model of the Indecision scale of the Career Decision Scale (CDS; Osipow, Carney, Winer, Yanico, & Koschier, 1976). Differential item function was not observed when ΔCFI (comparative fit index) was used for comparison of models, thus indicating strong measurement invariance across gender. Men had significantly greater latent means for all 3 dimensions of career indecision. Given the multidimensional structure, use of the CDS may provide an initial step to help practitioners identify possible factors that are responsible for a client's career indecision. Clients may need assistance for initiating a career search, information to help them identify career possibilities for a chosen major, or detailed information concerning several possible careers that are under consideration.