The examination of personality and individual differences is a major field of research in the modern discipline of psychology. Concerned with the ways humans develop an organised set of characteristics to shape themselves and the world around them, it is a study of how people come to be 'different' and 'similar' to others, on both an individual and a cultural level. This volume focuses on various contexts and applications of personality and individual differences, in chapters arranged across three thematic sections: Part 1: Health and Psychological Adjustment Part 2: Social Behavior Part 3: Personality in the Workplace With outstanding contributions from leading scholars across the world, this is an invaluable resource for researchers and graduate students.
Chapter 19: Individual Differences in Vocational Interests
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.
Holland's Six Factor Hexagon Model
Assessing interests can involve the macro ...