Stability of interests and the predictive and concurrent validity of the 1981 Strong-Campbell Interest Inventory for college majors

Jo Ida C. Hansen, Jane L. Swanson

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Abstract

116 of the 162 Occupational scales of the 1981 revision of the Strong-Campbell Interest Inventory (SCII) were constructed with new criterion samples. This study (a) assessed the concurrent and predictive validity of the revised SCII and explored its usefulness for predicting college majors (Exp I) and (b) examined the differential effect of stable and unstable interests during college on the validity of the SCII (Exp II). Data were analyzed for 354 females and 261 males who completed the SCII as college freshmen; 81% were still enrolled in school at the time of this study. Results indicate that the revised SCII can be used to predict college majors, having concurrent and predictive validity comparable to previous forms of the SCII. It was slightly more predictive for females than for males. Findings also show that the majority of Ss had stable interests during their college careers. The revised SCII was significantly more predictive of college majors for Ss who were satisfied with their majors or who had stable interests than it was for those who were dissatisfied or had unstable interests. (14 ref) (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)194-201
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Counseling Psychology
Volume30
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 1 1983

Keywords

  • concurrent & predictive validity of revised Strong-Campbell Interest Inventory, prediction of college majors, college students

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