Accounting for the evaluative factor in self-ratings provides a more accurate estimate of the relationship between personality traits and well-being

Forskningsoutput: TidskriftsbidragArtikel i vetenskaplig tidskrift

Abstract

Social desirability may cause spurious relations in self-rating measures. The present study sought to disentangle socially desirable responding and content in the relation between measures of personality traits and well-being. Social desirability was operationalized as the evaluative factor (the tendency to react to evaluative content in questionnaire items). We collected self- and peer-ratings of personality and self-ratings of well-being from 219 participants. The evaluative factor in personality self-ratings significantly predicted well-being and explained more variance than all Big Five traits combined. The evaluative factor in personality peer-ratings had no unique relation to well-being. These findings suggest that previous estimates of the relationship between personality traits and well-being have generally been exaggerated. Different methods of accounting for social desirability are discussed.

Detaljer

Författare
Enheter & grupper
Externa organisationer
  • Lund University
Forskningsområden

Ämnesklassifikation (UKÄ) – OBLIGATORISK

  • Psykologi (exklusive tillämpad psykologi)

Nyckelord

Originalspråkengelska
Artikelnummer104120
Antal sidor8
TidskriftJournal of Research in Personality
Volym93
StatusPublished - 2021 jun 7
PublikationskategoriForskning
Peer review utfördJa