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Title: The dark side of conscientiousness: Conscientious people experience greater drops in life satisfaction following unemployment
Authors: Boyce, Christopher J
Wood, Alex M
Brown, Gordon D A
Contact Email: alex.wood@stir.ac.uk
Keywords: Conscientiousness
Subjective well-being
Unemployment
Issue Date: Aug-2010
Publisher: Elsevier
Citation: Boyce CJ, Wood AM & Brown GDA (2010) The dark side of conscientiousness: Conscientious people experience greater drops in life satisfaction following unemployment, Journal of Research in Personality, 44 (4), pp. 535-539.
Abstract: 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.
Type: Journal Article
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1893/12182
DOI Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jrp.2010.05.001
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Affiliation: Economics
Socio-Management
University of Warwick

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