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Honesty-Humility predicting self-estimated academic performance
University of Skövde, School of Health and Education. University of Skövde, The Systems Biology Research Centre. Department of Behavioral Sciences, University West, Trollhättan, Sweden. (Cognitive Neuroscience and Philosophy)ORCID iD: 0000-0003-0629-353X
2016 (English)In: International Journal of Personality Psychology, ISSN 2451-9243, Vol. 2, no 1, 1-6 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Previous research has established relationships between the Big Five personality factors, cognitive ability, and academic performance. A more recent personality trait, Honesty-Humility with its four facets (Sincerity, Fairness, Greed-avoidance and Modesty) is suggested to have predictive value especially in self-promoting behaviors. The aim of the present study was to find out whether lower Honesty-Humility would predict higher self-reported academic performance, and account for additional variance, after controlling for the Big Five and cognitive ability. The participants were Swedish 17-19 year-old students (N = 154) in late secondary high school. The results revealed a significant negative correlation between Honesty-Humility and self-estimated academic performance, mainly through low scores in the facets Sincerity and Modesty, as well as an additional 7% accounted for variance. The discussion concludes that the new trait Honesty-Humility may be a welcomed addition to the understanding of how students use self-promoting strategies in contemporary school.

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University of Groningen Press , 2016. Vol. 2, no 1, 1-6 p.
Keyword [en]
Honesty-Humility, cognitive ability, academic performance
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Applied Psychology
URN: urn:nbn:se:his:diva-12183OAI: oai:DiVA.org:his-12183DiVA: diva2:925395
Available from: 2016-05-02 Created: 2016-05-02 Last updated: 2016-10-31Bibliographically approved

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