Personality and job satisfaction: Their role in work-related psychological well-being

Natalie Jones, Carin Hill, Carolina Henn

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This study investigated the role of work related psychological well-being in the relationship between personality and job satisfaction. Participants were 207 (females = 58.9%, blacks = 20.3%, white = 64.3%, Indian = 7.7% and Coloured = 6.8%) employees of various South African organisations. The participants completed the Ryff’s Scale of Psychological Well-being, Minnesota Satisfaction Questionnaire, and the Basic Traits Inventory. The data were analysed by means of moderated hierarchical regression analysis. Results show self-acceptance, environmental mastery, and purpose in life fully explain extraversion and job satisfaction, and partly explain conscientiousness and job satisfaction. Self-acceptance, environmental mastery and purpose in life also moderated the relationship between neuroticism and job satisfaction. Findings lead to the conclusion that aspects of work related psychological well-being are influenced by personality traits and job satisfaction, growth and development.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)297-304
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Psychology in Africa
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2015


  • Job satisfaction
  • Personality
  • Psychological well-being
  • Ryff’s scale of psychological well-being
  • Subjective well-being

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Psychology


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