Relevance of the person-environment fit approach to career assessment in South Africa – A review

African Journal of Psychological Assessment


 
 
Field Value
 
Title Relevance of the person-environment fit approach to career assessment in South Africa – A review
 
Creator Bemath, Nabeelah
 
Subject Psychology; Assessment Person-environment fit approach; career assessment; career counselling; relevance; South Africa
Description Despite concerns regarding its relevance, the person-environment fit approach to career counselling assessment remains a popular one in the South African context. This may be due to a lack of awareness of, or regard for, these concerns among career counselling assessment practitioners working in South Africa. This narrative review thus aimed to summarise literature regarding the relevance of the person-environment fit approach to career counselling assessment in South Africa and alternatives to this approach. Keywords were used to search for, and identify, literature on several electronic databases. Additional literature was identified through citations and citing publications in the initial literature obtained. Given the nature of a narrative review, no inclusion, exclusion or appraisal criteria were specified. Based on the review of literature, the following themes and subthemes were identified: questionable relevance of the person-environment approach (inadequate reliability and validity of tests in the South African context, Western-based theoretical underpinnings, language and socio-economic bias, and inadequate norms for the South African context) and alternative directions of career counselling assessment in this context (development of emic tests, qualitative assessment approaches and integrated assessment approaches). The findings suggest that an integrated quantitative-qualitative approach to career counselling assessment may be a feasible alternative to the person-environment fit approach. However, further research and development regarding the person-environment fit approach and other career counselling assessment approaches is required in order to move towards a more relevant career counselling assessment practice in South Africa.
 
Publisher AOSIS
 
Contributor
Date 2020-06-18
 
Type info:eu-repo/semantics/article info:eu-repo/semantics/publishedVersion — Narrative Review
Format text/html application/epub+zip text/xml application/pdf
Identifier 10.4102/ajopa.v2i0.22
 
Source African Journal of Psychological Assessment; Vol 2 (2020); 7 pages 2617-2798 2707-1618
 
Language eng
 
Relation https://ajopa.org/index.php/ajopa/article/view/22/104 https://ajopa.org/index.php/ajopa/article/view/22/103 https://ajopa.org/index.php/ajopa/article/view/22/105 https://ajopa.org/index.php/ajopa/article/view/22/102
 
Coverage South Africa — —
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