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Specifying when personality traits can and cannot predict behavior: An alternative to abandoning the attempt to predict single-act criteria

Specifying when personality traits can and cannot predict behavior: An alternative to abandoning... Two studies with 76 undergraduates revealed that traits can be used to predict behavior in only some situations. Consequently, the relative efficacy of multiple-act criteria (MAC) may be due in part to the fact that they have a higher probability of including at least one predictable situation. Thus, a reasonable alternative strategy to employing MAC is to attempt to specify those conditions in which single-act criteria are highly correlated with trait measures. Data also indicate that one of the most promising means of specifying when traits can and cannot predict behavior is through assessment of situational pressures. (42 ref) http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of Personality and Social Psychology American Psychological Association

Specifying when personality traits can and cannot predict behavior: An alternative to abandoning the attempt to predict single-act criteria

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Publisher
American Psychological Association
Copyright
Copyright © 1982 American Psychological Association
ISSN
0022-3514
eISSN
1939-1315
DOI
10.1037/0022-3514.43.2.385
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Abstract

Two studies with 76 undergraduates revealed that traits can be used to predict behavior in only some situations. Consequently, the relative efficacy of multiple-act criteria (MAC) may be due in part to the fact that they have a higher probability of including at least one predictable situation. Thus, a reasonable alternative strategy to employing MAC is to attempt to specify those conditions in which single-act criteria are highly correlated with trait measures. Data also indicate that one of the most promising means of specifying when traits can and cannot predict behavior is through assessment of situational pressures. (42 ref)

Journal

Journal of Personality and Social PsychologyAmerican Psychological Association

Published: Aug 1, 1982

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