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Chapter 19: Individual Differences in Vocational Interests
Vocational interests reflect an individual's preference for certain careers. As with many individual-difference constructs, career interests are defined by the assessment measures such that the breadth and width of the dimensions discussed depend on the measures used. The present chapter first outlines two popular models of interests and their corresponding measures. The chapter then describes some of the research results which have been reported with vocational interests, specifically sex differences, correlations with age, relationships with personality (including The Dark Triad and emotional intelligence), intelligence, and concludes with an overview of behaviour genetic studies examining the heritability of interests.
Assessing interests can involve the macro ...