Measuring the success of the Holland hexagon

T P Hutchinson

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J. L. Holland's approach to personality (and careers that are suitable for different personality types) involves scoring people on six personality measures and intercorrelating the six scores; there is a hypothesis about the relative sizes of the fifteen correlations. In the present paper, some statistics are proposed for describing how well this hypothesis (and three variants of it) matches an observed correlation matrix. These statistics are analogous to a correlation coefficient. A variables-in-common model is given that justifies the most parsimonious of the hypotheses considered.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)103-110
Number of pages8
JournalQuality and Quantity
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2000


  • Personality structure
  • RIASEC hexagon
  • Variables-in-common model
  • Vocational interests

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