A Professional Study of the Non-Professional

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Originally published in Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 1962, Vol 7(11), 398-399. Reviews the book, The Vocational Interests of Non-professional Men by Kenneth E. Clark (1961). Some of the psychologists have suggested that the vocational interest of non professional men is essentially undifferentiated, and, therefore, cannot be adequately measured for purposes of classification and occupational choice. One of the most interesting sections of the book has to do with the length of a scale in relation to validity. The author made several analyses to determine the topological location of different occupation groups in relation to each other. His data suggest four major clusters of occupational groups. A fuller interpretation of his findings would have markedly improved the book. However, Clark has made a major contribution to professional literature on vocational interest. It is a fascinating landmark, but a difficult book. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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