The structure of vocational interests for diverse racial-ethnic groups

Susan X. Day, James Rounds, Kyle Swaney

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We investigated differences in the circular structure of Holland's interest types across racial-ethnic groups (African Americans, Mexican Americans, Asian Americans, Native Americans, and Caucasians; N = 11,610). The samples consisted of college-bound persons who completed the revised Unisex Edition of the ACT Interest Inventory (UNIACT; Swaney, 1995), as well as a comparison group of 10th graders (N = 4,133) in the 1992 UNIACT norms sample. Analyses using a randomization test of hypothesized order, targeted principal components, and three-way multidimensional scaling suggest that Holland's model adequately represents the interest structures of both sexes in all the diverse samples.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)40-44
Number of pages5
JournalPsychological Science
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1998

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology(all)


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