Interest change and continuity from early adolescence to middle adulthood

K. S.Douglas Low, James Rounds

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The present paper discusses the continuity and change of individuals' vocational interests by reviewing recent research on interest development across the life course. Five forms of change and continuity were proposed to adequately describe interest development. The developmental trajectory of interests based on a recent meta-analysis by Low, Yoon, Roberts, and Rounds (2005) was presented. Mechanisms resulting in change and continuity are discussed within a biopsychosocial context. Implications for understanding the way interests can simultaneously change and become stable were presented.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)23-36
Number of pages14
JournalInternational Journal for Educational and Vocational Guidance
Issue number1
StatePublished - Apr 2007

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Visual Arts and Performing Arts


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