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Nonlinear Personality–Performance Relationships and the Spurious Moderating Effects of Traitedness

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  • This study was completed in partial fulfillment of the PhD requirements for the Industrial/Organizational Psychology Program at the George Washington University. Portions of this study were presented at the 74th annual meeting of the Eastern Psychological Association, Baltimore, MD, March, 2003 and the 18th Annual SIOP Conference, Orlando, FL, April 2003.

Please address correspondence to: Jeffrey M. Cucina, Department of Psychology, The George Washington University, 2125 G Street, NW, Washington, DC 20052. E-mail: jcucina@gwu.edu; Nicholas L. Vasilopoulos, Department of Psychology, The George Washington University, 2125 G Street, NW, Washington, DC 20052. E-mail: nlv@gwu.edu.

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Abstract This article evaluated the validity of two traditional traitedness measures (i.e., standard deviation traitedness measures and global, single-item traitedness measures) and three new traitedness measures (i.e., multi-item, ranking, and facet traitedness measures). Overall, there was poor construct validity for both the traditional and new measures of traitedness. Furthermore, traitedness was a spurious moderator of the relationship between openness to experience and academic performance. Finally, evidence of nonlinear personality-academic performance relationships was discovered.

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