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The Five-Factor Model, Conscientiousness, and Driving Accident Involvement
Article first published online: 28 APR 2006
Journal of Personality
Volume 64, Issue 3, pages 593–618, September 1996
How to Cite
Arthur, W. and Graziano, W. G. (1996), The Five-Factor Model, Conscientiousness, and Driving Accident Involvement. Journal of Personality, 64: 593–618. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-6494.1996.tb00523.x
- Issue published online: 28 APR 2006
- Article first published online: 28 APR 2006
ABSTRACT Personality researchers and theorists are approaching consensus on the basic structure and constructs of personality. Despite the apparent consensus on the emergent five-factor model (Goldberg, 1992, 1993), less is known about external correlates of separate factors. This research examined the relations between Conscientiousness, one dimension of the model, and driving accident involvement. Using multiple measures in independent samples drawn from college students (N= 227) and a temporary employment agency (N= 250), the results generally demonstrate a significant inverse relation between Conscientiousness and driving accident involvement; individuals who rate themselves as more self-disciplined, responsible, reliable, and dependable are less likely to be involved in driving accidents than those who rate themselves lower on these attributes. The findings are consistent with other research demonstrating the relations among Conscientiousness and other tasks and job performance. Suggestions for future research are discussed.