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Exploring professionalism among youth work practitioner in Malaysia: a measurement development study


Krauss, Steven Eric and Idris, Khairuddin and Tamam, Ezhar and Suandi, Turiman and Ismail, Ismi Arif and Abdullah Bandar, Nur Fatihah and Dahalan, Dzuhailmi (2012) Exploring professionalism among youth work practitioner in Malaysia: a measurement development study. Young, 20 (3). pp. 297-322. ISSN 1103-3088; ESSN: 1741-3222


Despite the concerns about professionalism among youth work practitioners in Malaysia, valid and reliable instruments to measure the construct are lacking. This article reviews the psychometric development and initial exploration of a professionalism measure applicable for use with direct-service youth work practitioners. Results were based on a sampling of 813 government and non-government youth work practitioners throughout Malaysia. Exploratory factor analysis resulted in a 6-factor solution that was used as the basis for the subscales of the instrument. Comparison of means tests indicated higher mean scores according to academic qualification, age, income, gender, marital status and certification and years of involvement in youth work. Limitations and recommendations for further development of the professionalism scale are discussed.

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Item Type: Article
Divisions: Faculty of Educational Studies
Faculty of Modern Language and Communication
Institute for Social Science Studies
DOI Number: https://doi.org/10.1177/110330881202000305
Publisher: Sage Publications
Keywords: Youth; Youth work practitioners; Youth worker professionalism; Measurement development; Malaysia
Depositing User: Nurul Ainie Mokhtar
Date Deposited: 04 Jun 2018 02:38
Last Modified: 05 Oct 2018 08:41
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URI: http://psasir.upm.edu.my/id/eprint/53433
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