Structural examination of RIASEC scales in high school students: Variation across ethnicity and method

Saurabh Gupta, Terence Tracey, Paul A. Gore

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Abstract

The structural validity of Holland's model of vocational interests across racial/ethnic groups was examined in the population of high school juniors in two states. The fit of the circumplex model to Holland's RIASEC types as assessed by the UNIACT-R was evaluated for the general sample and five subgroups: Caucasian/Euro-Americans, African Americans, Asian Americans, Latinos, and Native Americans. Four different methods were used to test the proposed circumplex structure, each with various circumplex definitions. Results indicate that nonparametric methods generally showed good model-data fit, whereas SEM-based results indicated less support. No differences in fit were found across ethnicity supporting the usage with U.S. ethnic groups.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-13
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Vocational Behavior
Volume72
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 1 2008

Keywords

  • Circumplex
  • Ethnicity
  • Interest structure
  • RIASEC structure

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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

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