The adaptability scale: Development, internal consistency, and initial validity evidence

K. van Dam, Michel Meulders

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Although dynamics within and outside organizations emphasize the importance of employee adaptability, a validated scale that assesses employee adaptability as an individual difference construct is still lacking. Five studies were conducted to develop (Study 1, N=235) and validate a 10-item scale for employee adaptability and investigate its factor structure and measurement invariance (Study 2, N=331; Study 3, N=375), convergent validity and discriminant validity (Study 4, N=117), and concurrent validity, predictive validity and measurement stability (Study 5, N=263 T1, N=113 T2). Overall, the findings revealed good internal consistency, convergent, discriminant, concurrent and predictive validity, and adequate measurement invariance. Potential applications for the adaptability scale are discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)123-134
Number of pages12
JournalEuropean Journal of Psychological Assessment
Issue number2
Early online date17 Jun 2020
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2021


  • adaptability, organizational change, scale development
  • organizational change
  • adaptability
  • scale development


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