Relationship between conscientiousness and learning in employee training: Mediating influences of self-deception and self-efficacy

Joseph J. Martocchio, Timothy A. Judge

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Abstract

A field study of 97 employees tested a model of the mediating influences of self-deception and task-specific self-efficacy in the relationship between conscientiousness and learning. The setting was an introductory Windows 3.1 software training course. Findings indicated that, as hypothesized, self-deception and self-efficacy mediated the relationship between conscientiousness and learning. Specifically, conscientiousness was positively related to self-deception, which was negatively related to learning, and conscientiousness was positively related to self-efficacy, which was positively related to learning. In addition, 4 alternative models were estimated. The results of the tests of the 4 alternative models were not supported by the data, further substantiating the validity of the hypothesized model.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)764-773
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Applied Psychology
Volume82
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 1997

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Applied Psychology

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