ERIC Number: EJ1206334
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2019-Apr
Abstractor: As Provided
Personality and Specialty Choice in Speech-Language Pathology Students
Leonard, Morgan V.; Plexico, Laura W.; Plumb, Allison M.
Journal of Career Development, v46 n2 p130-143 Apr 2019
The role of personality in specialty choices of speech-language pathology (SLP) students was examined. Specialty choices were obtained using a demographic questionnaire, and personality was measured with the Multidimensional Personality Questionnaire (MPQ) in an electronic survey. The personalities of SLP students were compared to students in nine educational majors using Hotelling's T[superscript 2]-test analyses. Multivariate analyses of variance were conducted to evaluate the effects of the 11 primary personality traits on age and setting choice. SLP students were found to significantly differ from the nine examined majors in the MPQ primary traits--social potency, alienation, aggression, harm avoidance, and control. Students were found to be organized, trusting of peers, nonaggressive, and harm avoidant when compared to other student groups. Personality traits did not significantly contribute to age or facility choice, and the degree of variance in the responses may indicate that a variety of personality types can thrive within the field.
Descriptors: Personality Traits, Speech Language Pathology, Questionnaires, Personality Measures, Role, Student Attitudes, Specialization, Majors (Students), Age Differences, Alienation, Aggression, Trust (Psychology), Peer Relationship, Correlation, Career Choice, Graduate Students, Undergraduate Students, Career Counseling
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Multidimensional Personality Questionnaire