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Motivation and young people's career planning: A perspective from the reinforcement sensitivity theory of personality

Corr, P. J. and Mutinelli, S. (2017). Motivation and young people's career planning: A perspective from the reinforcement sensitivity theory of personality. Personality and Individual Differences, 106, pp. 126-129. doi: 10.1016/j.paid.2016.10.043


We examined the associations between personality factors of the reinforcement sensitivity theory (RST) of personality and career planning predispositions in young people (university students and recent graduates), comprising Career Adaptability, Career Optimism, and Perceived Knowledge. As predicted, all three career dispositions were positively correlated with Behavioural Approach System (BAS) scores, principally Reward Interest and Goal-Drive Persistence; and all dispositions negatively correlated with Behavioural Inhibition System (BIS) scores – these significant associations survived hierarchical multiple regression with age and gender statistically controlled. These findings indicate that motivational factors of the kind measured by RST-related approach-avoidance factors are associated meaningfully with career planning predispositions. Although a novel finding, further work is needed to determine whether these relationships exist when actual career-related decisions and behaviours are examined.

Publication Type: Article
Additional Information: © 2017, Elsevier. Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International
Publisher Keywords: Reinforcement sensitivity theory; Personality; BAS, BIS, FFFS, career; Adaptability; Optimism; Knowledge
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Departments: School of Arts & Social Sciences > Psychology
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