Date of Award:


Document Type:


Degree Name:

Master of Science (MS)



Department name when degree awarded

Counseling Psychology

Committee Chair(s)

Glendon Casto


Glendon Casto


David Stone


The purpose of this study was to examine and compare some of the personality characteristics of junior high school students as they related to the students' later vocational choices. More specifically selected personality characteristics observed in girls who later made typical or atypical vocational selection were compared. Both typical and atypical girls were also compared to boys on these selected personality characteristics.

Tests used in this study to measure cognitive need and flexibility were Anderson Self-Reporting Need Achievement Questionnaire, Berlak School Work Habit Questionnaire and Resnick Self-Reporting Need Cognition Questionnaire. Tests used to measure social attitudes and ideology were "Have"--"Have not" Questionnaire, Submissiveness Test, F-Scale, and Humanitarian Concern. Comprehensive Personality Inventories used in this study were Guilford-Zimmerman Temperament Survey and Cattell's High School Personality Questionnaire. Scores from the Differential Aptitude Test were also used.

Using the above measures, it was found that the girls defined by this study as atypical have some personality characteristics similar to those of boys and dissimilar to those of girls defined by this study as typical. The atypical girls of this study also have some personality characteristics different from both boys and typical girls. But as a whole and contrary to the stereotyped career-oriented girl, the atypical girls of this study have more personality characteristics in common with other girls than with boys.