Correspondence of children's anticipated vocations, perceived competencies, and interests: Results from an Italian sample

Dominic R. Primé, Laura Nota, Lea Ferrari, Donna E. Palladino Schultheiss, Salvatore Soresi, Terence J.G. Tracey

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Relations among anticipated vocations, self-assessments of competence, and interests in sample of 190 Italian children were examined. Children were asked what activities they liked, those they thought they were good at, and what job they expected when they grew up. The responses were coded into RIASEC Holland codes and agreement across the three questions was examined using kappa statistics. Results indicated that there was no relation between anticipated occupations and either interest or perceived competence. Thus, these anticipated occupations appear to be based on unrealistic criteria and the validity of studying such early expressions of interest is questionable. Conversely, results demonstrated a correspondence between interest and competence and this correspondence was similar for boys and girls and increased with age.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)58-62
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Vocational Behavior
Issue number1
StatePublished - Aug 1 2010



  • Children's vocational preferences
  • Competence
  • Self-efficacy
  • Vocational aspirations
  • Vocational interests

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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

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