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Convergence of conventional and behavior-based measures: Towards a multimethod approach in the assessment of vocational interests


Proyer, Rene T (2007). Convergence of conventional and behavior-based measures: Towards a multimethod approach in the assessment of vocational interests. Psychology Science Quarterly, 49(2):168-183.

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The main aim of this study was to evaluate the usefulness of different techniques for the assessment of vocational interests. In an empirical study (n = 264) a questionnaire, a nonverbal test, several objective personality tests, and a semi-projective test were applied in one single session in a computerized setting. All tests enable the assessment of vocational interests with regard to the theory of vocational interests by Holland (1997). Results showed that highest correlations to a Holland-type questionnaire were found for the questionnaire and the nonverbal test. In general, the objective personality tests were less homogenous and showed lower correlations to questionnaires. Nevertheless, all different measures showed potential for the assessment of vocational interests. Improvements in the test material and
scoring methods of the newly constructed tests are discussed and a model for the combined use of different assessment methods is presented. Future research directions and a discussion on the role of a multimethod assessment strategy in practice are given.

The main aim of this study was to evaluate the usefulness of different techniques for the assessment of vocational interests. In an empirical study (n = 264) a questionnaire, a nonverbal test, several objective personality tests, and a semi-projective test were applied in one single session in a computerized setting. All tests enable the assessment of vocational interests with regard to the theory of vocational interests by Holland (1997). Results showed that highest correlations to a Holland-type questionnaire were found for the questionnaire and the nonverbal test. In general, the objective personality tests were less homogenous and showed lower correlations to questionnaires. Nevertheless, all different measures showed potential for the assessment of vocational interests. Improvements in the test material and
scoring methods of the newly constructed tests are discussed and a model for the combined use of different assessment methods is presented. Future research directions and a discussion on the role of a multimethod assessment strategy in practice are given.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of Psychology
Dewey Decimal Classification:150 Psychology
Language:English
Date:2007
Deposited On:19 Mar 2009 14:17
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 12:27
Publisher:Pabst Science Publishers
ISSN:1866-6140
Official URL:http://www.psychologie-aktuell.com/fileadmin/download/PschologyScience/ps_2_2007_168-183.pdf
Related URLs:http://www.psychologie-aktuell.com/index.php?id=psq-mediadata (Publisher)
Permanent URL: https://doi.org/10.5167/uzh-3643

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