ERIC Number: ED051307
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971-May
Reference Count: 0
A Structural Analysis of Holland's Personality Types Using Factor and Configural Analysis.
Edwards, Keith J.; Whitney, Douglas R.
A sample of 358 men and 360 women took the Self-Directed Search (SDS), a vocational guidance tool developed by Holland based on his theory of vocational choice. Holland had found that in the occupational domain the factor loadings on the Realistic, Investigative, Artistic, Social, Enterprising, and Conventional scales fit a hexagonal paradigm where adjacent types usually had similar loadings and distant types usually had divergent loadings. Data from this sample was subjected to factor and configural analysis in an attempt to verify the relationships among Holland's personality types, to clarify the characteristics of each type, and to extend the hexagonal model to new domains of assessment. The results of the analyses offer strong empirical support for the hexagonal arrangement of the personality types, and also support the organization of the SDS and Holland's occupational classification. (Author/DG)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Johns Hopkins Univ., Baltimore, MD. Center for the Study of Social Organization of Schools.
Identifiers: Configural Frequency Analysis; Self Directed Search