Research in Higher Education

, Volume 38, Issue 4, pp 455–477

The Relations of Holland-Typed Majors to Students' Freshman and Senior Work Values

  • Ya-Rong Huang
  • Charles C. Healy

DOI: 10.1023/A:1024914610562

Cite this article as:
Huang, YR. & Healy, C.C. Research in Higher Education (1997) 38: 455. doi:10.1023/A:1024914610562


Guided by Holland's (1985) theory of career choice, this study investigated the relationship between Holland-typed majors (RIASEC) and six undergraduate work values (authority, recognition, administrative responsibility, financial success, helping others, and artistic creativity). The participants were 18,137 students who persisted at four-year institutions from 1985 to 1989. The MANOVA results show that Holland-typed majors attract freshmen whose work values fit the departmental environment in which the major is located. The multiple regression analyses further indicate that after taking account of the freshman value score, the Holland-typed majors in senior year help in predicting the seniors' work values.

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© Human Sciences Press, Inc. 1997

Authors and Affiliations

  • Ya-Rong Huang
  • Charles C. Healy
    • 1
  1. 1.Educational Psychology, Graduate School of Education and Information Studies, University of CaliforniaLos Angeles