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Validation and Factorial Invariance of the Life Skills Ability Scale in Mexican Higher Education Students

Argenis P. Vergara-Torres (), Verónica Ortiz-Rodríguez (), Orlando Reyes-Hernández (), Jeanette M. López-Walle (), Raquel Morquecho-Sánchez () and José Tristán ()
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Argenis P. Vergara-Torres: Facultad de Organización Deportiva, Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León, San Nicolás de los Garza 66455, Mexico
Verónica Ortiz-Rodríguez: Facultad de Organización Deportiva, Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León, San Nicolás de los Garza 66455, Mexico
Orlando Reyes-Hernández: Facultad de Organización Deportiva, Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León, San Nicolás de los Garza 66455, Mexico
Jeanette M. López-Walle: Facultad de Organización Deportiva, Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León, San Nicolás de los Garza 66455, Mexico
Raquel Morquecho-Sánchez: Facultad de Organización Deportiva, Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León, San Nicolás de los Garza 66455, Mexico
José Tristán: Facultad de Organización Deportiva, Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León, San Nicolás de los Garza 66455, Mexico

Sustainability, 2022, vol. 14, issue 5, 1-13

Abstract: The objective of this study was to validate the Life Skills Ability Scale through internal consistency and construct validity in the context of higher education in Mexico. In study 1, the reliability and factor structure of the scale were evaluated with a sample of 525 higher education students ( M age = 19.94 years, SD = 3.85). In study 2, the factor invariance of the instrument was analyzed based on sample gender, which consisted of 707 higher education students ( M age = 20.03 years, SD = 4.19). The results showed adequate reliability and construct validity with a second order model and an eight-factor structure (teamwork, goal-setting, time management, emotional skills, communication, social skills, leadership, problem-solving, and decision-making). Likewise, there was measure equivalence between men and women. In conclusion, the Spanish version of the Life Skills Ability Scale in a Mexican context is a reliable and valid instrument that allows the assessment of life skills in higher education students.

Keywords: soft skills; higher education; employability; validation (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: O13 Q Q0 Q2 Q3 Q5 Q56 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2022
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