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Calling and Vocation Questionnaire (CVQ) - A Review


Assessment name:  Calling and Vocation Questionnaire (CVQ)

Scale overview: The Calling and Vocation Questionnaire (CVQ) is a 24-item multidimensional rating measure of calling.

Authors: Bryan J. Dik et al. (2012)

Response Type: Ratings on a four-point scale of what is true about me. The measure may be used as self-report and/or informant-report.

(1 = not at all true of me, 2 = somewhat true of me, 3 = mostly true of me, 4 = absolutely true of me)

Scale factors and sample items

The items are associated with one of six subscales.

1 Presence—Transcendent Summons

  Example: I believe that I have been called to my current line of work.

2 Search—Transcendent Summons

  Example: I’m searching for my calling in my career.

3 Presence—Purposeful work

4 Search—Purposeful work

5 Presence—Prosocial orientation

6 Search—Prosocial orientation

Psychometric properties

In study 1, the CVQ internal consistency values were high for all six subscales.

Test -retest reliability was also strong.

Support for the six-factor structure was provided.

Convergent and discriminant validity values were included in study 2 and provide initial support for the validity of the CVQ.

Availability: The complete CVQ is included in Appendix A of the article along with scoring instructions.

Author contact on the article: Email: Bryan.Dik@ColoState.EDU

Additional Resources Link:  A – Z Test Index


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References for the scale

Dik, B. J., Eldridge, B. M., Steger, M. F., & Duffy, R. D. (2012). Development and validation of the Calling and Vocation Questionnaire (CVQ) and Brief Calling Scale (BCS). Journal of Career Assessment, 20(3), 242–263. 

Sutton, G. W. (2024, January 27). Calling and vocation questionnaire- a review. Assessment, Statistics, and Research. Retrieved from

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