General Factors of Personality in Six Datasets and a Criterion-Related Validity Study at the Netherlands Armed Forces

13 Pages Posted: 20 May 2011  

Dimitri van der Linden

Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR)

Jan te Nijenhuis

University of Amsterdam

Myckel Cremers

Dutch Ministry of Defense

Cyril van de Ven

Dutch Ministry of Defense

Date Written: June 2011

Abstract

Several papers showed that a general factor occupies the top of the hierarchical structure of personality, the so-called General Factor of Personality (GFP). The first question is whether the GFP behaves similar to the general factor of mental ability (g), in that GFP scores from different personality questionnaires correlate highly. The second question is whether the GFP is related to real-life outcomes. In six large datasets (total N=21,754) collected in the Netherlands armed forces, the GFPs extracted from six personality questionnaires generally showed high degrees of correlation suggesting they measure the same construct. Moreover, GFP was related to drop-out from military training. This evidence strengthens the view that the GFP is a substantive construct with practical relevance.

Suggested Citation

van der Linden, Dimitri and te Nijenhuis, Jan and Cremers, Myckel and van de Ven, Cyril, General Factors of Personality in Six Datasets and a Criterion-Related Validity Study at the Netherlands Armed Forces (June 2011). International Journal of Selection and Assessment, Vol. 19, Issue 2, pp. 157-169, 2011. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1841245 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1468-2389.2011.00543.x

Dimitri Van der Linden (Contact Author)

Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR) ( email )

Burgemeester Oudlaan 50
3000 DR Rotterdam, Zuid-Holland 3062PA
Netherlands

Jan te Nijenhuis

University of Amsterdam ( email )

Myckel Cremers

Dutch Ministry of Defense

The Hague
Netherlands

Cyril Van de Ven

Dutch Ministry of Defense

The Hague
Netherlands

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