The Relationship Between Attributional Style, Gender and the Five-Factor Model of Personality

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Title The Relationship Between Attributional Style, Gender and the Five-Factor Model of Personality
Author Poropat, Arthur Eugene
Journal Name Personality and Individual Differences
Editor Prof G H Gudjonsson
Year Published 2002
Place of publication Oxford, UK
Publisher Pergamon Press
Abstract The Five-Factor Model (FFM) of personality has taken a pre-eminent position among factorial descriptions of personality but has been criticised for its largely atheoretical basis. In response it has been suggested that the FFM reflects underlying cognitiveaffective systems. Attributional style is one of a number of such systems and has been shown elsewhere to be related to a number of well-established factors of personality but with apparently different patterns for men and women. This study examined the relationship between attributional style as assessed by the Attributional Style Questionnaire, gender, and the FFM Mini-Markers. The patterns of correlations between ASQ scales and FFM dimensions appeared different for men and women, and three significant gender interactions were observed using multiple regression. Both internal attributional style for positive events and overall attributional style interacted with gender to predict openness, and hopefulness interacted with gender to predict extraversion. Similarities and differences between these findings and those reported elsewhere are discussed. It is suggested that further research exploring the cognitiveaffective basis for the FFM is justified and that caution should be used in application of the FFM within applied settings.
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Copyright Statement Copyright 2002 Elsevier : Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher : This journal is available online - use hypertext links
Volume 33
Page from 1185
Page to 1201
ISSN 0191-8869
Date Accessioned 2003-04-04
Language en_AU
Research Centre Centre for Work, Organisation and Wellbeing
Subject Personality, Abilities and Assessment
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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