Interests and Vocations

Paul J. Silvia

in Exploring the Psychology of Interest

Published in print April 2006 | ISBN: 9780195158557
Published online September 2007 | e-ISBN: 9780199786824 | DOI:

Series: Psychology of Human Motivation

 Interests and Vocations

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The study of vocational interests is one of the oldest and largest areas within the psychology of interest. This chapter reviews what vocational psychology has learned about interests related to the world of work. One issue concerns the structure of vocational interests. John Holland's classic RIASEC model, which proposes that vocational interests form a hexagon, and contemporary alternatives (Prediger's dimensional model, Tracey's spherical model) are reviewed. A second issue concerns the origins of vocational interests. Many studies, including experimental and longitudinal studies, show a role for self-efficacy in the development of vocational interests. The chapter concludes by considering the tension between basic problems in vocational psychology and applied tasks (such as developing interest inventories).

Keywords: vocational interests; self-efficacy; structure of interests; interest inventories; RIASEC; John Holland

Chapter.  9276 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Neuropsychology

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