How approach and avoidance constructs of personality and trait emotional intelligence predict core human values

Athota, Vidya S. & O'Connor, Peter J. (2014) How approach and avoidance constructs of personality and trait emotional intelligence predict core human values. Learning and Individual Differences, 31, pp. 51-58.

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In this paper we focus specifically on explaining variation in core human values, and suggest that individual differences in values can be partially explained by personality traits and the perceived ability to manage emotions in the self and others (i.e. trait emotional intelligence). A sample of 209 university students was used to test hypotheses regarding several proposed direct and indirect relationships between personality traits, trait emotional intelligence and values. Consistent with the hypotheses, Harm Avoidance and Novelty Seeking were found to directly predict Hedonism, Conformity, and Stimulation. Harm Avoidance was also found to indirectly predict these values through the mediating effects of key subscales of trait emotional intelligence. Novelty Seeking was not found to be an indirect predictor of values. Results have implications for our understanding of the relationship between personality, trait emotional intelligence and values, and suggest a common basis in terms of approach and avoidance pathways.

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ID Code: 67034
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Approach, Avoidance, Emotional Intelligence, Values, Hedonism
DOI: 10.1016/j.lindif.2013.12.009
ISSN: 1041-6080
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES (170000) > PSYCHOLOGY (170100) > Personality Abilities and Assessment (170109)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Current > Schools > School of Management
Deposited On: 07 Feb 2014 01:47
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2014 23:34

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