The General Factor of Personality: A meta-analysis of Big Five intercorrelations and a criterion-related validity study

Dimitri van der Linden, Jan te Nijenhuis, Arnold B. Bakker

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Abstract

Recently, it has been proposed that a General Factor of Personality (GFP) occupies the top of the hierarchical personality structure. We present a meta-analysis (K=212, total N=144,117) on the intercorrelations among the Big Five personality factors (Openness, Conscientiousness, Extraversion, Agreeableness, and Neuroticism) to test for the existence of a GFP. In addition, we report a multi-method validity study testing the relationship between the GFP and supervisor-rated job performance. The meta-analysis provided supporting evidence for the two meta-factors Stability and Plasticity (or α and β, respectively) and a GFP at the highest hierarchal level. The validity study indicated that the GFP has a substantive component as it is related to supervisor-rated job performance.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)315-327
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Research in Personality
Volume44
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2010
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Big Five
  • General Factor of Personality
  • Job performance
  • Meta-analysis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • General Psychology

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