Validation of Korean Version of the Work Volition Scale

Na Rae Kim, Ki Hak Lee

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This study aimed to validate a Korean-language version of the Work Volition Scale (WVS). Participants were 453 South Korean adults recruited through a survey panel website. In Phase 1 (n = 230), the original WVS was translated into Korean. Exploratory factor analysis revealed a three-factor solution (volition, financial constraints, and structural constraints), consistent with the original WVS. In Phase 2 (n = 223), confirmatory factor analysis supported the goodness of fit of the three-factor structure. Convergent validity tests demonstrated that the Korean WVS was positively correlated (p <.01) with core self-evaluation and work locus of control and negatively correlated (p <.01) with the intention to quit employment. In a hierarchical regression analysis, controlling for core self-evaluation and work locus of control, work volition positively predicted job satisfaction (p <.001). The Korean WVS is a valid assessment tool that can be used by career counselors and researchers working with South Korean adults.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)666-680
Number of pages15
JournalJournal of Career Development
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2022 Jun

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All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Education
  • Applied Psychology
  • General Psychology
  • Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management


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