A meta-analytic review of the Big Five personality factors and accident involvement in occupational and non-occupational settings


Correspondence should be addressed to Dr Sharon Clarke, Manchester Business School, University of Manchester, Booth Street West, Manchester M15 6PB, UK (e-mail: sharon.clarke@manchester.ac.uk).


Although a number of studies have examined individual personality traits and their influence on accident involvement, consistent evidence of a predictive relationship is lacking due to contradictory findings. The current study reports a meta-analysis of the relationship between accident involvement and the Big Five personality dimensions (extraversion, neuroticism, conscientiousness, agreeableness, and openness). Low conscientiousness and low agreeableness were found to be valid and generalizable predictors of accident involvement, with corrected mean validities of .27 and .26, respectively. The context of the accident acts as a moderator in the personality–accident relationship, with different personality dimensions associated with occupational and non-occupational accidents. Extraversion was found to be a valid and generalizable predictor of traffic accidents, but not occupational accidents. Avenues for further research are highlighted and discussed.