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Title: A strength-based inventory for assessing the needs for academic advising of university students in Hong Kong
Authors: Siu, AMH
Chien, C 
Cheung, RYS 
Shek, DTL 
Issue Date: 2021
Source: NACADA journal, 2021, v. 41, no. 2, p. 53-67
Abstract: This study aims to develop and validate a strength-based instrument for assessing the academic advising needs of university students in Hong Kong using the Appreciative Advising Inventory (AAI) as a blueprint. We reviewed the content validity and cultural relevance of the AAI and developed a 37-item AAI Hong Kong Version (AAI-HK). We conducted Rasch analysis and principal component analysis. The AAI-HK has four stable and reliable factors (social competence and support; positive identity and participation; positive values; and commitment to learning and study), which represent key strengths of university students. Four AAI-HK subscales demonstrate good reliability. We found significant differences in AAI-HK scores between students who are under academic probation or not and between students who are local or nonlocal.
Keywords: Strength-based
Academic advising
University students
Journal: NACADA journal 
ISSN: 0271-9517
EISSN: 2330-3840
DOI: 10.12930/NACADA-21-13
Rights: © NACADA
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The following publication Siu, A. M., Chien, C. W., Cheung, R. Y., & Shek, D. T. (2021). A Strength-based Inventory for Assessing the Needs for Academic Advising of University Students in Hong Kong. NACADA Journal, 41(2), 53-67 is available at
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