Asian Journal of Counselling

Cultural Encountering: The Applicability of Holland’s Typology in Taiwan

2009.第16卷第2期(Vol. 16 No. 2).pp. 193–226

Cultural Encountering: The Applicability of Holland’s Typology in Taiwan


Hsiu-Lan Shelley TIEN(田秀蘭)


The purpose of the study was to test the applicability of Holland’s hexagonal model in Taiwan. Gati’s hierarchical model of vocational interest structure derived from the Holland hexagon was also compared. In the first stage of the study, an experimental version of the Chinese Vocational Interest Inventory (CVII) was administered to 572 students in Taiwan. Item selection procedure was conducted through the analysis of item-total correlation, percentage like, and factor analysis. In the second stage, the revised CVII was then tested based on a college sample of 366 males and 465 females. The split half coefficients of the six scales ranged from .66 to .94 for males and .68 to .90 for females. The hit rates were 45.9% for males and 50.5% for females. The multitrait-multimethod matrix also supported the convergent-discriminant validity of the CVII. As far as the generalizability of both Holland’s and Gati’s models, the results of multidimensional scaling supported Holland’s hexagonal model. However, the results of order prediction claimed that Gati’s model was better than Holland’s model in interpreting the interest structure of Taiwanese college students.