Occupational Possible Selves Questionnaire (QEPO)

Title of the Portuguese Version

Questionário Eus Possíveis Ocupacionais

Original Version

Chalk, Meara, Day, & Davis (2005)

Portuguese Version

Duarte, Paixão, & Silva (2016)

General Description

The OPS is composed of two parts that analyze three dimensions of possible selves of the subjects (adolescents and adults): expectations, fears and hopes in the relation to future professional occupations. The first part is composed of a list of fifteen professions, presented three times, so that the subjects can evaluate how much they expect, fear and idealize these professions on a Likert scale with five points from Not Provable (1) to Very Provable (5). In the second part subjects indicate, from the previous list of fifteen, the profession they most expect, fear or idealize, and describe ten reasons for the most feared profession and access, on a Likert scale from (1) Not Important to (2) Fairy Important, the degree of the importance of these reasons.

The OPS is composed of 45 items distributed of three dimensions that explain 72.9 % of the total variance: 1) Expected Occupations (explained variance = 29.7 %, α = .87, 15 items, three subscales: expected male occupation, expected female occupation, expected neutral occupation); 2) Feared Occupations (explained variance = 23.4 %, α = .88, 15 items, three subscales: feared male occupation, feared female occupation, feared neutral occupation); 3) Idealized Occupations (explained variance = 19.8 %, α = .83, 15 items, three subscales: idealized male occupation, idealized female occupation, idealized neutral occupation).

References
  • Duarte, F. C.., Paixão, M. P., & Silva, J. T. (2016). Estudo preliminar da versão Portuguesa do questionário “Occupational Possible Selves”. In Atas do 3º Congresso da Ordem dos Psicólogos Portugueses, Lisboa, 28 de setembro a 1 de outubro de 2016 (pp. 997-1006). Lisboa: Ordem dos Psicólogos Portugueses. https://www.ordemdospsicologos.pt

  • Duarte, F. C., Silva, J. T., & Paixão, M. P. (2018). Estudos de Adaptação e Validação para a Cultura e Língua Portuguesas do Questionário Occupational Possible Selves. In M. C. Taveira & A. D. Silva (Coord.), Desenvolvimento de Carreira e Aconselhamento num Mundo Plural e Desafiador (pp. 209-221). APDC Edições: Universidade do Minho, Braga. www.apdc.eu

  • Duarte, F. C., Paixão, M. P., & Silva, J. T. (2020). Análise Fatorial Confirmatória da versão Portuguesa do Questionário Occupational Possible Selves. In M. O. Teixeira, I. Janeiro, C. Sampaio, A. D. Silva, & M. Bardagi (Coord.). Desenvolvimento de Carreira e Aconselhamento: Novos Contributos de Investigação e Prática, (62-71). APCD Edições: Universidade do Minho, Braga. www.apdc.eu

  • Chalk, L. M., Meara, N. M., Day, J. D., & Davis, K. L. (2005). Occupational Possible Selves: Fears and Aspirations of College Woman. Journal of Career Assessment, 13(2), 188-203. https://doi.org/10.1177/1069072704273127

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