The Dynamic Factors Survey (DFS) measures general motivational factors to assess personality. It is an outgrowth of a very comprehensive factor-analytic investigation of interest that was performed by J. P. Guilford, Paul R. Christensen, and Nicholas A. Bond, Jr. in the 1950's. It was developed to address the need for a more extensive, rational coverage of the many variables that should be included in an adequate assessment of personality. Interests were basically defined as dimensions of motivation. In addition to the more familiar vocational-interest inventories, they found many factors that could be regarded as broader and more basic motivational variables. Though it has been many years since its inception the DFS has stood the test of time and enjoys enthusiastic use today.
The DFS will be found useful in conjunction with vocational-interest inventories in vocational guidance. The DFS is recommended for research purposes, particularly factor analysis studies. The DFS is ideal for finding an individual's key motivations.
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