Interest Assessment in a Cross-Cultural Context

  • Chun TaoEmail author
  • Saurabh Gupta
  • Terence J. G. Tracey


The assessment of interests has served as the cornerstone for the field of vocational psychology in helping individuals learn about themselves, the world of work, and make occupational and educational decisions. While interest models have been developed and well assessed in the United States, the application of these models and associated measures to other cultures can involve many problems that require careful evaluation and interpretation. This chapter focuses predominately on the issue of cultural equivalence. We first highlight the considerations of construct equivalence in cross-cultural research generally and in interest assessment specifically, followed by a review of major models of vocational interests and their cross-cultural applications. Overall, the literature on measures and models are not supportive of construct equivalence of RIASEC scales across cultures. Gati’s model appears to have more cultural equivalence but this is possibly attributable to its relative simplicity. There is promising support for cultural equivalence of the Personal Globe Inventory, assessing interest based on the spherical model, but more work is needed to examine the validity of this measure and model. Finally, implications of structural differences and interest assessment across cultural contexts are briefly discussed.


Vocational interests Cross-cultural assessment Cultural equivalence 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Chun Tao
    • 1
    Email author
  • Saurabh Gupta
    • 2
  • Terence J. G. Tracey
    • 1
    • 3
  1. 1.Arizona State UniversityTempeUSA
  2. 2.San DiegoUSA
  3. 3.The University of British ColumbiaVancouverCanada

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