Testing Holland's hexagon: Explanation and criticism

T P Hutchinson, B Myors

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    A description is given of Hubert and Arabie's test of whether an empirical matrix of correlations (between the six measures of vocational interests commonly abbreviated R, I, A, S, E, and C) supports Holland's hexagonal (circular order) model. The description makes clear that the test has severe limitations. Specifically, the circular ordering RIASEC is only compared with other circular orderings. Consequently, correlation matrices arising from a model that is qualitatively different may be rated very highly by Hubert and Arabie's test; several examples of this are given.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)343-349
    Number of pages7
    JournalQuality and Quantity
    Issue number4
    Publication statusPublished - 2001


    • Hubert and Arabie's test
    • Personality structure
    • RIASEC hexagon
    • Vocational interests


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