Date of Award
Doctor of Philosophy
Fred H. Borgen
The large national sample of racial-ethnically diverse participants in this study was derived from the vast information obtained during the revision of the 1994 Strong Interest Inventory (SII: L. W. Harmon, J. C. Hansen, F. H. Borgen & A. L. Hammer, 1994). The balanced sample utilized in the study contained 3,087 individuals from four of the major U.S. racial-ethnic groups: 805 African Americans, 795 Asian Americans, 800 Caucasian Americans, and 687 Hispanic Americans. Item-based factor scales derived using each racial and ethnic group separately and with the balanced sample produced factor scale interest structures that were highly similar. In addition, concurrent validity of the balanced sample factors, the Basic Interest Scales, and the General Occupational Themes was tested across the racial and ethnic groups. Each interest scale set was examined for its ability to predict participants' job family membership, as defined by 13 job family clusters of the participants' concurrent occupations. The discriminant multivariate results showed that each of the interest scale sets contributed significantly to the predictions of job family membership. Further, the results indicated that the amount of variance accounted for in the prediction was significantly increased when the more specific sets of interests, that is, the factor scales and the Basic Interest Scales, were used.
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Ronke Renee Lattimore Tapp
Tapp, Ronke Renee Lattimore, "Structure and validity of vocational interest scales with US racial and ethnic groups: exploring the interests beyond RIASEC " (2001). Retrospective Theses and Dissertations. 656.