Personality Predictors of Vocational Interests of Chinese High School Students: Incremental Contributions of the Emic Interpersonal Relatedness Factor

[Speaker] Wan, Sarah Lai Yin:1,2
[Co-author] Cheung, Fanny M:3
1:The Hong Kong Institute of Education (Hong Kong), 2:Centre for Psychosocial Health, The Hong Kong Institute of Education (Hong Kong), 3:Department of Psychology, The Chinese University of Hong Kong (Hong Kong)

Using Cross-cultural (Chinese) Personality Assessment Inventory for Adolescents (CPAI-A), this study examined relationships between personality and vocational interests of three Chinese regional samples. 416, 425 and 413 high school students in Hong Kong, Shanghai and Zhejiang, respectively completed a questionnaire about their personality and vocational interests. SEM results show support for correlates between personality and the interest model of Social Cognitive Career Theory, where personality factors predict Holland's vocational interests (Realistic, Investigative, Artistic, Social, Enterprising, and Conventional). Among culture-general personality factors, Social Potency was positively associated with Investigative, Artistic, Social, and Enterprising interests. Dependability was positively related to Social and Conventional interests while Emotional Stability was associated with Realistic and Social interests. Interpersonal Relatedness, the culture-specific factor, was positively related to Social interests. Present findings support the utility of CPAI-A for studying relationships between personality and vocational interests, and inform researchers and practitioners about the career development of Chinese adolescents.
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