Handbook of Vocational Psychology: Theory, Research, and Practice

Handbook of Vocational Psychology: Theory, Research, and Practice

Handbook of Vocational Psychology: Theory, Research, and Practice

Handbook of Vocational Psychology: Theory, Research, and Practice

Synopsis

Keeping up with new developments in vocational psychology is important to both psychological practitioners and researchers. The Handbook of Vocational Psychology, Third Edition is devoted to presenting and evaluating important advances in the field of vocational psychology. More specifically, the aim of the handbook is to identify, report, and evaluate significant developments in vocational psychology and thus to provide both professional workers and students with an informed understanding of the progress taking place in this discipline. Key features include: *a comprehensive review of contemporary developments in the field; *making readers aware of the theoretical research and applied aspects of the field; and *familiarizing readers with a variety of techniques, procedures, and theories available for vocational assessment. This text appeals to anyone in the field of applied psychology including industrial/organizational, environmental, vocational, life-span, counseling, educational, and clinical psychology.

Excerpt

Vocational psychology, a specialty within applied psychology, is the scientific enterprise that conducts research to advance knowledge about vocational behavior, improve career interventions, and inform social policy about work issues (Savickas, 2001). In this third edition of the Handbook of Vocational Psychology, we once again survey the current status of the discipline and seek to chart its future advances by presenting the research and reflection of leading scholars in the field. The authors this volume address the central topics that comprise the cutting edge of the discipline, with regard to both innovations in career theory and research improvement counseling practice. Their chapters are organized into four sections to ensure that this survey of the discipline is broad in scope and comprehensive content. The three chapters in the first section of Handbook consider the current status and future possibilities for vocational psychology and its theories of career development. The authors, in turn, examine the field and its theories from perspectives of historical processes, cultural studies, and women's studies. Following the opening section, which deals with vocational psychology as a field, are two sections that address in turn the two major domains of vocational psychology. These two subject matters are constituted by using occupational entry as a criterion for differentiating the two broad classes of vocational behavior: choice and adjustment (Crites, 1969). The four chapters in the second section of the Handbook deal with research on vocational choice, whereas the four chapters in the third section deal with research on work . . .

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