Linking leisure interests to the RIASEC world of work map

Patrick Ian Armstrong, James Rounds

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The present study presents an interpretive framework for linking leisure interests, measured by the Leisure Interest Questionnaire (LIQ), to J. L. Holland's (1997) circumplex model of the world of work. Published data representing correlations between the LIQ and Holland's RIASEC interest types were obtained from Hansen and Scullard (2002). Leisure interest measures were integrated into the RIASEC circumplex using the technique of property vector fitting. By explicitly testing the structural hypothesis in Holland's model, a clearer picture of the relations between work and leisure interests emerge. Visual presentation of leisure interests in the context of the RIASEC circumplex may facilitate the use of the LIQ in applied settings. In particular, an exploration of leisure interests as part of a larger discussion of interests and aspirations may enhance the career-counseling process with clients who are struggling with clarifying their career development plans.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)5-22
Number of pages18
JournalJournal of Career Development
Issue number1
StatePublished - Sep 2008


  • Circumplex models
  • Leisure interests
  • Occupational interests
  • Property vector fitting
  • RIASEC types

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Psychology
  • Applied Psychology
  • Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management


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