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NUNES, Maiana Farias Oliveira  and  NORONHA, Ana Paula Porto. Relationships between interests, personality and cognitive abilities: a study with adolescents. PsicoUSF [online]. 2009, vol.14, n.2, pp. 131-141. ISSN 1413-8271.

This study aimed at analyzing the relationships between interests, personality and intelligence with adolescents. 211 High School students participated in this research, from Paraná, mean age 16.5 years old (SD=0.5). Students answered the "Escala de Aconselhamento Profissional" and Self Directed Search for measuring interests, the "Bateria Fatorial de Personalidade", for personality assessment and the "Bateria de Provas de Raciocínio", for cognitive assessment. Factor analysis was conducted with scores of the four tests mentioned, and a six-factor solution was more coherent in theoretical and practical terms, in order to help understanding relationships between personality traits, interests and cognitive abilities. The interests' scores on the two tests were more related to each other, including some personality aspects, except for neuroticism and conscientiousness. Intelligence tests were grouped in a single factor, showing no strong relation to interests or personality. The importance of using tests for measuring interests, personality and intelligence is discussed, considering vocational guidance context.

Keywords : Psychological assessment; Vocational guidance; Personality traits; Vocational interests; Intelligence.

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