Exploring the disruptive effects of psychopathy and aggression on group processes and group effectiveness

Michael A. Baysinger, Kelly T. Scherer, James M. LeBreton

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Abstract

The present research examines the influence of implicit and explicit personality characteristics on group process and effectiveness. Individuals from 112 groups participated in 2 problem-solving tasks and completed measures of group process and effectiveness. Results indicated that groups characterized by higher levels of psychopathy and implicit aggression tended to have more dysfunctional interactions and negative perceptions of the group. In addition, task participation and negative socioemotional behaviors fully mediated the relationship between group personality traits and group commitment and cohesion, and negative socioemotional behaviors fully mediated the relationship between group personality and performance on both tasks. Implications of antisocial traits for group interactions and performance, as well as for future theory and research, are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)48-65
Number of pages18
JournalJournal of Applied Psychology
Volume99
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 2014

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Applied Psychology

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