8. Vocational Psychology

  1. Paul R. Martin2,
  2. Fanny M. Cheung BA PhD3,
  3. Michael C. Knowles MCom (Qld), PhD (Edin)4,
  4. Michael Kyrios5,
  5. J. Bruce Overmier6 and
  6. José M. Prieto7
  1. David L. Blustein,
  2. Kerri A. Murphy BA,
  3. Maria T. N. Coutinho MA,
  4. Christine Catraio and
  5. Faedra R. Backus MA, BA

Published Online: 20 APR 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9781444395150.ch8

IAAP Handbook of Applied Psychology

IAAP Handbook of Applied Psychology

How to Cite

Blustein, D. L., Murphy, K. A., Coutinho, M. T. N., Catraio, C. and Backus, F. R. (2011) Vocational Psychology, in IAAP Handbook of Applied Psychology (eds P. R. Martin, F. M. Cheung, M. C. Knowles, M. Kyrios, J. B. Overmier and J. M. Prieto), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444395150.ch8

Editor Information

  1. 2

    Griffith University, Queensland, Australia

  2. 3

    Chinese University of Hong Kong

  3. 4

    Monash University, Melbourne, Australia

  4. 5

    Swinburne University of Technology, Australia

  5. 6

    University of Minnesota, USA

  6. 7

    Complutense University of Madrid, Spain

Author Information

  1. Boston College, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 20 APR 2011
  2. Published Print: 1 APR 2011

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405193313

Online ISBN: 9781444395150



  • vocational psychology - field of vocational psychology, passing its centennial;
  • vocational psychology, specialty within applied psychology - conducting research to advance knowledge about vocational behavior;
  • developmental position viewing one's work life - within nexus of relational, familial, community, and leisure-based life contexts across the life span;
  • social cognitive career theory (SCCT) - emerging out of cognitive revolution, unifying multiple career theories, recursive model of causality in career decision and adjustment processes;
  • social constructionist and contextual action theory - social constructionist view, and contextual action theory;
  • gender and vocational psychology - outgrowth of feminist movement;
  • work adjustment in adulthood - as elected review, vocational psychology focusing on preimplementation issues;
  • challenges and opportunities for vocational psychology;
  • psychology of working - a new framework for vocational psychology, core elements of psychology of working, and focus on working people;
  • International, cross-cultural, and interdisciplinary collaboration - challenges, a core future direction enhancing scholarship and practice, international and interdisciplinary collaboration


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Definitional and Historical Perspectives

  • Trends and Key Developments in Vocational Psychology

  • Major Research Initiatives in Vocational Psychology: An Illustrative Review

  • Challenges and Opportunities for Vocational Psychology

  • Future Developments in the Field

  • Conclusion

  • References