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ERIC Number: EJ829558
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 6
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 38
ISSN: ISSN-0883-2323
Personality Characteristics of Business Majors as Defined by the Big Five and Narrow Personality Traits
Lounsbury, John W.; Smith, Ryan M.; Levy, Jacob J.; Leong, Frederick T.; Gibson, Lucy W.
Journal of Education for Business, v84 n4 p200-205 Mar-Apr 2009
Using data from 347 undergraduate business majors and 2,252 nonbusiness majors at a large Southeastern university, the authors drew on J. L. Holland's (1985) vocational theory and investigated whether the 2 groups differed on the Big Five model of personality (B. De Raad, 2000; agreeableness, conscientiousness, emotional stability, extraversion, openness) and 4 narrow personality traits. For business majors, the authors also examined the relations between personality traits and life satisfaction. Business majors scored higher for conscientiousness, emotional stability, extraversion, assertiveness, and tough-mindedness, but they scored lower on agreeableness and openness. All of the traits except for agreeableness and tough-mindedness correlated significantly and positively with life satisfaction. The authors discuss results in terms of similar relations in business occupations and support of vocational theory. (Contains 2 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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