The dark side of conscientiousness : conscientious people experience greater drops in life satisfaction following unemployment
Boyce, Christopher J., Wood, Alex M. and Brown, G. D. A. (Gordon D. A.). (2010) The dark side of conscientiousness : conscientious people experience greater drops in life satisfaction following unemployment. Journal of Research in Personality, Vol.44 (No.4). pp. 535-539. ISSN 0092-6566Full text not available from this repository.
Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jrp.2010.05.001
Conscientious individuals tend to achieve more and have higher well-being. This has led to a view that conscientiousness is always positive for well-being. We hypothesize that conscientiousness could be detrimental to well-being when failure is experienced, such as when individuals become unemployed. In a 4-year longitudinal study of 9570 individuals interviewed yearly we show that the drop in an individual's life satisfaction following unemployment is significantly moderated by their conscientiousness. After 3 years of unemployment individuals high in conscientiousness (i.e. one standard deviation above the mean) experience a 120% higher decrease in life satisfaction than those at low levels. Thus the positive relationship typically seen between conscientiousness and well-being is reversed: conscientiousness is therefore not always good for well-being. (C) 2010 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.
|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Subjects:||B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
|Divisions:||Other > Institute of Advanced Study
Faculty of Science > Psychology
|Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH):||Unemployment -- Psychological aspects, Well-being, Personality and motivation, Personality and situation|
|Journal or Publication Title:||Journal of Research in Personality|
|Number of Pages:||5|
|Page Range:||pp. 535-539|
|Access rights to Published version:||Restricted or Subscription Access|
|Funder:||Economic and Social Research Council (Great Britain) (ESRC), University of Warwick|
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