This study used archival data and analyzed the work values and personality traits of 20 high school juniors and seniors and 25 undergraduates with disabilities. 40 undergraduate students without disabilities were also included in this study. These measures were collected to explore the extensiveness of overlap between personality measurements and work values in emerging adults who are in the transition process and those who have recently transitioned to post-secondary education. A secondary purpose was to see if similar relationships exist between personality and work values in individuals with disabilities as in those without disabilities. Pearson correlations indicate there were significant positive correlations between all seven work value domains when looking at the overall sample. Three personality traits had significant positive correlations with a work value domain. Looking solely at those without a disability, seven of the 16PF primary factors showed relationships with some of the work values. When looking specifically at students with disabilities, only three of the primary factors showed relationships indicating that students with disabilities are seeing themselves and work differently than those without disabilities.
Library of Congress Subject Headings
Work ethic; High school students--Psychology; College students--Psychology; Students with disabilities--Psychology; High school students--Attitudes; College students--Attitudes
Department, Program, or Center
Department of Psychology (CLA)
Katz, Jennifer, "Exploring the relationship between personality and work values with emerging adults" (2011). Thesis. Rochester Institute of Technology. Accessed from
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