Higher-order dimensions of the Big Five personality traits and the Big Six vocational interest types

Michael K. Mount, Murray R. Barrick, Steve M. Scullen, James Rounds

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Abstract

The purpose of this study was to identify higher-order dimensions that explain the relationships among the Big 6 interest types and the Big 5 personality traits. Meta-analyses were conducted to identify an 11 × 11 true score correlation matrix of interest and personality attributes. Cluster analysis and nonmetric multidimensional scaling were used to identify 3 dimensions that explained relations among the 11 attributes: (a) Interests versus Personality Traits; (b) Striving for Accomplishment Versus Striving for Personal Growth, and (c) Interacting with People Versus Interacting with Things. Overall, results clarified the relationships among interests and personality traits by showing that 3 rather than 2 dimensions best explain the relationships among interests and personality traits. COPYRIGHT

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)447-478
Number of pages32
JournalPersonnel Psychology
Volume58
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 1 2005

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Applied Psychology
  • Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management

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