Vocational Interests: The Road Less Traveled

Patrick Ian Armstrong, Rong Su, James Rounds

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Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationThe Wiley-Blackwell Handbook of Individual Differences
Number of pages24
ISBN (Electronic)9781444343120
ISBN (Print)9781444334388
StatePublished - Jan 1 2011


  • Continuity and change of interests - from two theoretical perspectives, a situational perspective, or a dispositional perspective
  • Dispositional interests, stable - involved with an individual's identity and choice of environment
  • Gender differences in interests - in vocational interests, subsuming study of interest measurement on basis of Holland's RIASEC structure
  • Holland's Structural Formulations - Holland's theory of vocational personalities and work environments, match between individuals and environments
  • Integrated models and interests, cognitive responses to critical features of environments - behaviors imposed or suggested by those environments
  • Interest literature since 1970s - using Holland's RIASEC model for organizing research results
  • Interest theory and how vocational interests - contribute to understanding of individual differences
  • Large differences in interest scores - between men and women, unavoidably bringing up issue of interpretation of differences, and consequential validity of interest measures
  • Prediger's (1982) data - ideas and people, and Hogan's (1983) sociability and conformity dimensions in Holland's RIASEC model
  • Vocational interests - the road less traveled

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology(all)

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