Document Type

Article

Publication Version

Submitted Manuscript

Publication Date

2010

Journal or Book Title

Journal of Vocational Behavior

Volume

76

Issue

2

First Page

211

Last Page

222

DOI

10.1016/j.jvb.2009.10.007

Abstract

The purpose of this study is to examine the role of personality traits measured by the Multidimensional Personality Questionnaire (MPQ; Tellegen, 2000 and Tellegen and Waller, 2008) in selecting educational majors. Personality traits were examined alone, and with the combination of Holland’s hexagonal confidence domains, as measured by the general confidence themes (GCT) of the Skills Confidence Inventory (SCI; Betz, Borgen, & Harmon, 2005), and Holland’s interest domains, as measured by the general occupational themes (GOTs) of the 2005 Strong Interest Inventory (SII; Donnay, Morris, Schaubhut, & Thompson, 2005). Personality traits significantly contributed to the discrimination of nine educational major families in a sample of 368 undergraduate decided students. When the set of confidence and interest scales was added to the personality traits, the conservative jack knife hit rate was almost doubled.

Comments

NOTICE: this is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in Journal of Vocational Behavior. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version was subsequently published in Journal of Vocational Behavior, [76, 2 (2010)] DOI: 10.1016/j.jvb.2009.10.007.

Copyright Owner

Elsevier Ltd.

Language

en

File Format

application/pdf