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Author(s): O P Verma, Mita Thakur

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Address: Department of Psychology
Ravishankar University, Raipur- 492010

Published In:   Volume - 3,      Issue - 1,     Year - 1990


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Verma and Thakur (1990). Occupational Preference and Sensation Seeking. Journal of Ravishankar University (Part-A: SOCIAL-SCIENCE), 3(1), pp.12-19.



Journal of Ravishankar University  Vol. 01 No. A  (Science) 1990   pp. 12-19  ISSN  0970 5910

Occupational Preference and Sensation Seeking

O P Verma and Mita Thakur

Department of Psychology,

Ravishankar University, Raipur- 492010

Ms received 12.4.89;     revised 27.6.89

Abstract: The significant role of personality factors in deter mining.occupational preference has been  studied by various psychologists. Sensation seeking w.h1ch has been explained as a trait defined by the need for varied. novel and complex situations and experiences and the willingness to take the physical and social risks for the sake of such experience, also seems to be related to occupational preference.  Taking this view into consideration the present study tested the hypotheses.  (a) the subjects would differ in their sensation seeking scores because of difference m their occupational preference as different occupations involve varying degrees of variety. novelty and risk, and (b) males would show higher degree of sensation seeking tnan females. For this purpose 160 students of 15 to 17 years studying in class X of six diff schools of erent Raipur city were used as final sample. Half of the students were males and remaining were females. Sensation seeking Scale developed by Zuckerman  was used to measure the  degree of sensation seeking of the subjects and occupational preference was assessed by using paired comparison  method which  included 28 paired names made out of 8 different occupations, namely, Engineer, Doctor. Police Officer, Professor, Pilot, Bank Officer, Artist and Business man. The obtained data were analyzed through a 2-way ANOVA in which the first independent  variable.ie. occupation was taken on eight levels and the  second independent variable. i.e sex (male and female) was taken on two levels. The sensation seeking  score  of  the subjects formed 1he dependent variable. It was observed that the  students  who preferred different occupations significantly differed in their sensation seeking scores and the  students who preferred the occupation  of Police Otticer and Pilot  showed comparatively higher level of sensation seeking whereas the students who preferred the occupation of Bank Officer and Doctor showed relatively lower level of sensation seeking.  Sex was also found to affect the degree of sensation seeking. i.e. male students showed higher level of sensation seeking than females.

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