Iconographic Professional Interests Inventory (3IP): A New Validation Study

Diego Boerchi, Paola Magnano

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Interests have been a central focus of counselling psychology (and vocational psychology in particular) for over 100 years. The awareness of professional interests increases self-knowledge and provides occupational information. In career counselling, vocational interests are assessed more frequently than any other vocational construct, though early evaluations (before 13 years old) of professional interests are very rare. The aim of this research is to examine the 3IP construct (Iconographic Professional Interests Inventory; an inventory composed of 65 stylised pictures that represent people in the act of performing a job) in depth, testing more models in addition to the 19 vocational areas proposed in the 3IP manual. Results show that most of the vocational areas can be grouped into 4 second-level areas (“things”, “people”, “leisure”, and “culture”). Moreover, Holland’s RIASEC model is tested; an accurate selection of items reveals that this model works well using 24 specific jobs. The research concludes that the inventory has good psychometric qualities which can grow further by mean of the increasing, in a targeted way, of the number of jobs.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)571-596
Number of pages26
JournalEurope's Journal of Psychology
Publication statusPublished - 2015


  • Children
  • Holland’s model
  • Psychometrics
  • Vocational interests assessment
  • Vocational interests development


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