Applying vocational interest models to naturally occurring occupational perceptions

Victoria A. Shivy, James Rounds, Lawrence E. Jones

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The authors examined the structure of naturally occurring occupational perceptions. They first assessed the stability of individuals' perceptions of 18 occupational titles, both across time and 2 samples. They then tested whether J. L. Holland's (1992) spatial model, D. J. Prediger's (1982) dimensional model, or I. Gati's (1979) classificatory model could be identified in the data. Findings are discussed in light of previous research and suggest the marked stability of the occupational perceptual structure as well as support for Gati's (1979) classificatory model.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)207-217
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Counseling Psychology
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 1999

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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