Anissa Mike, Kelci Harris, Brent W Roberts, Joshua J. Jackson

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The personality trait of conscientiousness is related to a great number of important life outcomes. To better understand why the influence of conscientiousness is so pervasive, the current article provides a broad overview of the trait. First, the lower-order facet structure of conscientiousness is described, including a description of some of the most common ways to measure both the broad trait as well as the facets. Next, we review the influence of conscientiousness on several life domains and discuss pathways that relate the two. Finally, the development of conscientiousness is explored.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationInternational Encyclopedia of the Social & Behavioral Sciences: Second Edition
PublisherElsevier Inc.
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9780080970875
ISBN (Print)9780080970868
StatePublished - Mar 26 2015


  • Big Five personality traits
  • Conscientiousness
  • Facets
  • Personality
  • Personality assessment
  • Personality development
  • Selection effects
  • Self-control
  • Socialization effects

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Social Sciences


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