A Cross-Cultural Comparison of the Structure of Vocational Interests

Elchanan I. Meir, Azy Barak, Shaul Sohlberg

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Cole and Hanson (1971) and Edwards and Whitney (1972) analyzed responses of American Ss to several interest inventories. They found the occupational fields to have the following circular configuration in terms of Holland's (1966) classification of occupations: Realistic, Investigative, Artistic, Social, Enterprise, and Conventional. Two interest inventories were constructed on the basis of Roe's (1956) classification of occupations and were administered to 170 Arab samples and to three samples of Jewish Ss with n's of 231, 220, and 296. The structure of the occupational fields emerged from a smallest-space analysis. It was found that vocational interests have a similar circular configuration in Western and non-Western cultures.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)501-508
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Cross-Cultural Psychology
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 1973
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Cultural Studies
  • Anthropology


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