Guilt-Proneness is a Marker of Integrity and Employment Suitability

Cohen, T. R., Kim, Y., Jordan, K. P., & Panter, A. T. Guilt-proneness is a marker of integrity and employment suitability. Personality and Individual Differences, (Forthcoming)

15 Pages Posted: 14 Jul 2014 Last revised: 17 Dec 2015

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Taya R. Cohen

Carnegie Mellon University, Tepper School of Business

Yeonjeong Kim

Carnegie Mellon University - David A. Tepper School of Business

Kenyon Jordan

ColoradoAssessment.com

A. T. Panter

University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill

Date Written: Decmeber 16, 2015

Abstract

Guilt-proneness (GP) is an individual difference characterized by a tendency to feel bad about committing transgressions. We investigated how law enforcement job candidates’ guilt-proneness relates to their employment suitability, history of employment and legal problems, and counterproductive tendencies. By demonstrating relationships between GP and variables important for personnel selection and organizational functioning, this work highlights the potential utility of measuring this trait in applied settings where researchers and/or practitioners wish to gauge the integrity of respondents with a personality-based test. In light of its ability to predict employment suitability and counterproductive tendencies, the five-item guilt-proneness scale (GP-5) may prove to be a useful measure for pre-employment integrity assessment for public safety occupations, as well as other occupations where honesty and accountability are everyday concerns.

Keywords: guilt proneness; personnel selection; integrity test; California Personality Inventory; moral character; personality

Suggested Citation

Cohen, Taya R. and Kim, Yeonjeong and Jordan, Kenyon and Panter, A. T., Guilt-Proneness is a Marker of Integrity and Employment Suitability (Decmeber 16, 2015). Cohen, T. R., Kim, Y., Jordan, K. P., & Panter, A. T. Guilt-proneness is a marker of integrity and employment suitability. Personality and Individual Differences, (Forthcoming), Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2465594 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2465594

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Yeonjeong Kim

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A. T. Panter

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