The psychological differentiation of male myopes and nonmyopes

Am J Optom Physiol Opt. 1975 Oct;52(10):679-86. doi: 10.1097/00006324-197510000-00005.


A comparison of 140 male myopes and 118 male nonmyopes of the entering class of Virginia Military Institute cadets in 1968 demonstrated that there are a number of Strong Vocational Interest Inventory test items which will clearly differentiate myopes from nonmyopes so that it is possible to identify 76% of the individuals falling into either class on the basis of a stepwise discriminant analysis based almost entirely on the Strong Vocational Interest Blank. The items which discriminate in favor of the myopes are essentially those which require academic achievement and individual creative performance, whereas the items which are in favor of the nonmyopes are those which require business and selling skills as well as outdoor types of activities. Further, the myopes are significantly more likely to achieve officer status and win more academic awards than the nonmyopes.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study

MeSH terms

  • Factor Analysis, Statistical
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Myopia*
  • Personality Tests
  • Personality*