Cover

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Title Page, Copyright, Dedication

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Introduction

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pp. vii-xii

In 1941, the Psychological Corporation published a brief monograph entitled Clinical Aspects and Interpretation of the Strong Vocational Interest Blank, by the senior author of the present volume. This earlier venture represented an attempt to record and summarize extended clinical experience with one test used as part of the total counseling process. ...

Table of Contents

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pp. xiii-xviii

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I: The Meaning of Work and Jobs

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pp. 3-18

A man's working life spans forty to fifty years. In the main, he keeps his nose to the same kind of grindstone for that period of time. Thus it is important to consider what makes grindstones attractive — what satisfactions may be found in jobs. For the very young child, the world of work is remote and without immediate meaning. ...

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II: The Structure of Interest Measurement

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pp. 19-75

Since this monograph deals primarily with the Strong Vocational Interest Blank for Men, it is essential to review some of the research findings and empiric evidence upon which our clinical suggestions and theories are built. The most general clue to an understanding of interest measurement is found in the old adage that birds of a feather flock together. ...

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III: The Analysis of Interest Patterns: A Normative Study

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pp. 76-102

The senior author's earlier monograph described a system of pattern analysis for the Strong Vocational Interest Blank. The need for such a system is fairly obvious. When the counselor looks at the large number of occupational scores made by any individual for whom the blank is fully scored, ...

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IV: Personality and Interests

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pp. 103-133

Many of the research studies in the field of interest measurement deal with personality factors related to interest scores. Additionally there are several research reports describing the personality characteristics of men and women in various occupations. Furthermore, our common and popular views of the world of work contain many personality references. ...

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V: The Origin and Development of Interests: Theoretical Considerations

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pp. 134-193

There is an extensive literature dealing with vocational choices, vocational interests, and vocational adjustment. But it is difficult to find consistent and clear theoretical formulations regarding the origin and development of vocational interests. Our inadequacies in theory probably stem from several sources. ...

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VI: The Strong Vocational Interest Blank in Individual Cases

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pp. 194-266

Case histories cannot be typical in a statistical sense, but they may be illustrative of broad categories of problems encountered in counseling programs and they may indicate the source of theory and facts in this area of testing. From the files of the Student Counseling Bureau at the University of Minnesota, ...

References

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pp. 267-271

Index

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pp. 272-279