Methods for evaluating vocational interest structural hypotheses

James Rounds, Terence J. Tracey, Lawrence Hubert

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We critically review Holland's structural hypotheses to provide a framework for discussing the task of evaluating vocational interest models. Two forms of Holland's RIASEC model are proposed and the predictions from these models are specified. Holland's circular order model and circumplex structure are then evaluated to demonstrate Hubert and Arabie's randomization test of hypothesized order relations and confirmatory factor analysis. These models and methods are illustrated with two RIASEC correlation matrices based on the Unisex edition of the ACT Interest Inventory. Finally, we briefly discuss issues of model comparison and methods to integrate the empirical literature on interest structure.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)239-259
Number of pages21
JournalJournal of Vocational Behavior
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 1992
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Applied Psychology
  • Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management
  • Life-span and Life-course Studies


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