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Exploring the Psychology of Interest$
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Paul J. Silvia

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780195158557

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195158557.001.0001

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Interests and Vocations

Interests and Vocations

(p.153) 7 Interests and Vocations
Exploring the Psychology of Interest

Paul J. Silvia

Oxford University Press

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

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