Title page for ETD etd-09012006-210944


Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Hoffner, Rebecca Ann
URN etd-09012006-210944
Title The Architecture of Personality in the Context of Work
Degree Master of Science
Department Psychology
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Hauenstein, Neil M. A. Committee Chair
Foti, Roseanne J. Committee Member
Stephens, Robert S. Committee Member
Keywords
  • Self-Efficacy
  • KAPA
  • Personality
Date of Defense 2006-05-01
Availability unrestricted
Abstract
The purpose of the present study was to replicate Cervone's (2004) study, specifically for a work context. By focusing on the context of work, I believe that a "situationally-sensitive" nomothetic measure of personality for predicting job performance can be developed. My findings indicate that participants were able to identify self-relevant attributes in the context of work and then rate the relevance of each self-relevant attribute to work situations, such that the scores of the self-efficacy items related to those situations rated as relevant correspond with the self-relevant characteristics that were originally identified. Also, the data suggest that while there are several instances of idiosyncrasy in self-perception, there are also many commonalities in both the characteristics believed to be self-relevant and the situations to which those characteristics are relevant. This finding opens up the possibility of using an alternative strategy to develop a nomothetic measure of personality based on idiographic methods.
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