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Introduction

This entry briefly summarizes highlights of what is known currently about the assessment of interests including its underlying scientific basis. The history of the measurement of interests is briefly described. Structural issues are discussed and alternative ways to measure interests, including some of the currently used measures of interests, are briefly reviewed.

Nature of Interests

Although they have been studied most comprehensively as they relate to occupational choices, interests identify aspects of a person that constitute enduring individual difference variables (Crites, 1999). Interests affect a number of life choices and activities in which people are likely to invest time, energy and attention; they appear to influence both work and life satisfaction (Super, 1940; Super & Crites, 1962).

The definition of the term ‘interests’ that will be used ...

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