Fuzzy Logic: Toward Measuring Gottfredson's Concept of Occupational Social Space

Beryl Hesketh*, Robert Pryor, Melanie Gleitzman

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Traditional methods of psychological measurement impose a greater level of precision on persons' responses than may exist in their actual preferences or attitudes. Fuzzy-set theory provides a possible solution to this methodological dilemma. By using Gottfredson's (1981) circumscription and compromise theory and the concept of social space as a focus, we investigated the application of a fuzzy graphic rating scale to the measurement of preferences for occupational sex type, prestige, and interests. Reliability and validity data are reported with illustrative examples of respondents' interpretations of their own fuzzy ratings. Counseling and research applications for fuzzy rating scales are outlined.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)103-109
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Counseling Psychology
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1989
Externally publishedYes


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