What do conscientious people do? Development and validation of the Behavioral Indicators of Conscientiousness (BIC)

Joshua J. Jackson, Dustin Wood, Tim Bogg, Kate E. Walton, Peter D. Harms, Brent W. Roberts

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Abstract

Typical assessments of personality traits collapse behaviors, thoughts, and feelings into a single measure without distinguishing between these different manifestations. To address this lack of specification, the current study develops and validates a measure that assesses a number of broad behaviors associated with the personality trait of conscientiousness (the Behavioral Indicators of Conscientiousness; BIC). Findings suggest that the lower-order structure of conscientious behaviors is mostly similar to the lower-order structure in extant trait measures. Furthermore, a daily diary method was used to validate the BIC against frequency counts of conscientious behavior. Overall, the results identify specific behaviors that conscientious individuals tend to perform and highlight possible advantages of this approach over broad trait assessment.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)501-511
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Research in Personality
Volume44
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 2010

Keywords

  • Behavior
  • Conscientiousness
  • Facet
  • Personality
  • Trait

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Psychology(all)

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