Big Five Personality Research in the Military – A Meta-analysis

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Authors
  1. Darr, W.
Corporate Authors
Director General Military Personnel Research & Analysis, Ottawa ONT (CAN)
Abstract
Despite established validity of the Big Five factors of personality, validity generalization is limited by evidence for situational specificity. Unique requirements and expectations demanded of military personnel warrant the examination of personality-outcomes associations gathered in such samples. Using accumulated research into the validity of the Air Force Self-descriptive Inventory (AFSDI) across several military organizations, this examination involved a metaanalysis to determine the validity of the Big Five personality factors as measured by the AFSDI or variants of it. Effects are comparable with mainstream meta-analytic estimates, being slightly higher for some effects. Conscientiousness was confirmed to be a strong predictor of military performance, and generalized across samples. Although moderated by the type of measure (i.e., original/adapted length) and/or the type of military stream (non-commissioned members/officers), Neuroticism and Extraversion were the next best predictors of performance and officer training, respectively.

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Report Number
DGMPRA-TM-2009-023 — Technical Memorandum
Date of publication
01 Nov 2009
Number of Pages
42
DSTKIM No
CA033079
CANDIS No
532337
Format(s):
Electronic Document(PDF)

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