New Directions in Vocational Psychology in the German-Speaking Countries of Western Europe

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Abstract

Originally published in Contemporary Psychology: APA Review of Books, 1978, Vol 23(11), 952–953. Reviews the book, Handbuch der Berufspsychologie edited by Karl Heinz Seifert, Hans-Henning Eckardt, and Walter Jaide (1977). Vocational psychology is a relatively young discipline in Europe, unlike in the United States. In the German-speaking countries, the problems pertaining to vocational psychology have been treated so far within the scope of industrial psychology. At the German universities, vocational and counseling psychology have hardly gained autonomy among the traditional scientific approaches. The present volume sets out to change this situation by asserting the specificity of vocational psychology and its emancipation from kindred disciplines. Most of the articles draw heavily on American thought. The constructs and philosophy used are those currently adopted by US social scientists. The idea is to allow German psychologists to get a better grasp of the progress achieved in the domain of vocational psychology in the United States as well as to stimulate research projects considered to be the prerequisite for the further advancement of the discipline. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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