An exploration of adult career interests and work values in Taiwan

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The purpose of the study was to investigate the relationship between vocational interests and work values among 206 adults in Taiwan. The instruments were the Career Interest Inventory developed based on Holland's RIASEC typology and the Work Value Inventory developed based on Super's theory. The results of multivariate analysis of variance indicated significant gender differences in overall vocational interests and overall work values. In addition, the gender differences were found in three vocational interests (Realistic, Artistic, and Social) and three types of work value (Achievement, Economic Return, and Way of life). The results of canonical correlation analyses showed similar, but not exactly the same, patterns in correlation of interests and values between men and women. These results were discussed in terms of their implications for research and practice.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)559-568
Number of pages10
JournalAsia Pacific Education Review
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2011 Dec


  • Career interests
  • Vocational interests
  • Work values

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education


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