Recent concern for eliminating Strong Vocational Interest Blank (SVIB) sex bias has focused on the current use of separately normed Occupational Scales for the two sexes. This study implemented six basic methods of scale construction to examine the feasibility of combined-sex scales as well as advantages or disadvantages of modifications of current techniques designed to improve both single-sex and combined-sex scale construction. To study these six methods of scale construction, samples of male and female Ph.D. sociologists were collected. Concurrent validity and test-retest reliability data indicated that combined-sex scale construction for sociologists is possible if differences in female and male occupational interests, as measured by the SVIB, are treated as irrelevant variables in the world of work, and if concurrent validity is sacrificed.
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Funding for this project was provided in part by Stanford University Press and a grant from the University of Minnesota Computer Center. Requests for reprints should be directed to Jo-Ida C. Hansen, Director, Center for Interest Measurement Research, 101 Eddy Hall. University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN 55455.