Personality Traits and Vocational Interests among Physically Handicapped and Normal Individuals: A Comparative Study

Article Title: Personality Traits and Vocational Interests among Physically Handicapped and Normal Individuals: A Comparative Study

Author(s): Dr. Samia Wasif & Ms. Wajeeha Ghazal

Institute(s): COMSATS Institute of Information Technology Islamabad; Department of Psychology, Foundation University, Rawalpindi Campus.

Journal: Foundation University Journal Of Psychology, 2018, Vol. 2, No. 2, 121-139

Correspondence Address: Dr. Samia Wasif, COMSATS Institute of Information Technology Islamabad, Pakistan. Email: samia.wasif@comsats.edu.pk.

Abstract

Current study commenced to compare the personality traits and vocational interests of physically handicapped and normal individuals, by using Big Five Inventory and Holland Code Test. Participants comprised of 90 physically handicapped and 100 normal individuals aged from 15-30 years. Physically handicapped were taken from special educational and training centers while normal individuals from different school, colleges and universities of Rawalpindi and Islamabad. Findings revealed significantly low score of Physically Handicapped on Extroversion as compared to normal individuals while physically handicapped scored higher on Neuroticism as compared to normal individuals. Assessment of Vocational Interests signified that physically handicapped scored significantly higher on Realistic, Investigative, Artistic and Conventional interest as compared to normal individuals. Outcomes of this research work are valuable for different professionals, caretakers and institutions (dealing with handicapped) including counselors, psychologists, teachers, vocational training centers, hospitals and organizations that offers jobs for handicapped. Identifying the Personality traits and Vocational Interests is more beneficial for better understanding of handicapped individuals’ special needs and facilitating them with better treatment.

Keyword. Personality Traits, Vocational Interests, Physically Handicapped, Normal Individuals.

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