Table 1. Descriptive statistics and reliability analysis for the response of the sample of commercial fishers to each survey item; α is Chronbach's α.

Survey items
Mean
Standard deviation
Item-total correlation
α if item deleted
I am confident that I could get work elsewhere if I needed to.
1.98
1.06
.46
.653
I would be nervous trying something else.
1.89
.97
.45
.656
I am more likely to adapt to change compared to other fishers I know.
2.68
.90
.47
.656
I am confident things will turn out well regardless of changes.
2.09
1.08
.43
.656
I have many career options available to me if I decide to no longer be a fisher.
1.66
.91
.41
.662
Every time there is a new change I plan a way to make it work for me.
2.86
.94
.68
.666
If there are any more changes I will not survive much longer.
2.18
1.00
.32
.670
I can cope with small changes in industry.
3.01
.85
-.05
.676
I am too young to retire and too old to find work elsewhere.
1.66
.88
.23
.680
I have planned for my financial security.
3.06
.98
.20
.684
I am not competitive enough to survive much longer.
2.86
1.15
.13
.684
I am interested in learning new skills outside of the industry.
2.32
1.1
.17
.685
I would find it very difficult working for someone else.§
1.89
1.02
.56
.685
Change is normal part of our everyday life.§
2.85
.84
.28
.686
I would like to start up a business one day doing something other than fishing.§
1.97
.95
.30
.693
I believe that the future will look after itself.§
1.64
.85
.02
.700
I am always thinking of new and better ways to improve my fishing business.§
2.97
.94
.27
.706

Statements were measured on a 4-point scale: 1 = strongly disagree, 2 = disagree, 3 = agree, 4 = strongly agree.
The data for negatively worded statements were reversed prior to analysis.
§The five statements that were removed from the scale were those with the largest Cronbach's α if deleted.