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Personality Types of Therapeutic Recreation Students Based on the MBTI

Bongguk Jin, David R. Austin

Abstract


Personality and vocational profile research not only helps to identify personalities of those in various occupations but also provides information useful in career counseling and teaching. Yet, vocational profile research has received little attention within therapeutic recreation (TR). No research has been published about the personality types of TR students using the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI). This study examined the personality type of TR students and tested Provost's (1990) proposition that recreation therapists are predominately ESFP (Extroversion, Sensing, Feeling, Perception) types. Results indicated the dominant personality types for TR students were ESFJ (Extroversion, Sensing, Feeling, Judgment) and ENFP (Extroversion, iNtuition, Feeling, Perception). Implications for further research are provided, along with possible applications of the MBTI within TR education.

Keywords


Therapeutic Recreation, Personality, Students, Myers Briggs Type Indicator

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