Predicting counterproductive work behaviors with sub-clinical psychopathy: Beyond the five factor model of personality

Kelly T. Scherer, Michael Baysinger, Dana Zolynsky, James M. LeBreton

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Abstract

Organizational psychologists examining personality's relation to work behavior have focused largely on the "normal" traits comprising the Five Factor Model (FFM). However, given the aversive nature of sub-clinical psychopathy (e.g., callous affect, impulsivity), we posit that this toxic personality profile will enhance the prediction of negative work outcomes, namely forms of counterproductive workplace behavior (CWB). Study 1 (N=. 193) examined the value of sub-clinical psychopathy and the FFM in predicting intentions to engage in CWB; results support prior research indicating that both agreeableness and conscientiousness significantly correlated with CWB. In addition, sub-clinical psychopathy predicted CWB above and beyond the FFM. Study 2 (N=. 360) extended the findings of Study 1 by examining interpersonally deviant behavior in a team context. While agreeableness was significantly related to interpersonal deviance in Study 2, conscientiousness was not. Results from Study 2 replicate Study 1, suggesting that sub-clinical psychopathy accounted for the majority of the explained variance in interpersonal deviance. Overall, the results support the value of using sub-clinical psychopathy to predict CWB.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)300-305
Number of pages6
JournalPersonality and Individual Differences
Volume55
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 1 2013

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Psychology(all)

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