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NORONHA, Ana Paula Porto  e  MANSAO, Camélia Santina Murgo. Professional interests and affects positive and negative: exploratory study with youngers from high school. Psico-USF [online]. 2012, vol.17, n.2, pp.323-331. ISSN 2175-3563.

Professional Orientation while field of research and intervention has sought to comprehend variables which interfere in decision making and career development. This study investigates the relationship between professional interests and positive and negative affects. A total of 529 public and private high school students, 223 men (42.2%) and 306 (57.8%) women, ages between 14 and 27 (M=16; DP=1.48) participated. Each volunteer was given the EAZ - Zanon Affect Scale and the EAP - Professional Counseling Scale. Participants presented higher averages in positive affects, which indicates a more positive outlook on life in general. The comparison between the scales revealed some significant positive coefficients, but of lower magnitude. It is suggested that new studies be performed with the Positive Psychology constructs in vocational orienteering and career development.

Palavras-chave : Positive psychology; Professional counseling; Psychological assessment.

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