Honesty-Humility predicting self-estimated academic performance

  • Kajonius P
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Previous research has established relationships between the Big Five personality factors, cognitive ability, and aca- demic performance. A more recent personality trait, Honesty-Humility with its four facets (Sincerity, Fairness, Greed-avoidance and Modesty) is suggested to have predictive value especially in self-promoting behaviors. The aim of the present study was to find out whether lower Honesty-Humility would predict higher self-reported academic performance, and account for additional variance, after controlling for the Big Five and cognitive ability. The partic- ipants were Swedish 17-19 year-old students (N = 154) in late secondary high school. The results revealed a signifi- cant negative correlation between Honesty-Humility and self-estimated academic performance, mainly through low scores in the facets Sincerity and Modesty, as well as an additional 7% accounted for variance. The discussion con- cludes that the new trait Honesty-Humility may be a welcomed addition to the understanding of how students use self-promoting strategies in contemporary school.




Kajonius, P. J. (2016). Honesty-Humility predicting self-estimated academic performance. International Journal of Personality Psychology. https://doi.org/10.21827/a3374008-1e51-028e-cf60-f7988e238525

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