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Predicting psychological and subjective well-being from personality: Incremental prediction from 30 facets over the Big 5

By Jeromy Anglim and Sharon Grant


This study investigated the relationship between the Big 5, measured at factor and facet levels, and dimensions of both psychological and subjective well-being. Three hundred and thirty-seven participants completed the 30 Facet International Personality Item Pool Scale, Satisfaction with Life Scale, Positive and Negative Affectivity Schedule, and Ryff’s Scales of Psychological Well-Being. Cross-correlation decomposition presented a parsimonious picture of how well-being is related to personality factors. Incremental facet prediction was examined using double-adjusted r2 confidence intervals and semi-partial correlations. Incremental prediction by facets over factors ranged from almost nothing to a third more variance explained, suggesting a more modest incremental prediction than presented in the literature previously. Examination of semi-partial correlations controlling for factors revealed a small number of important facet-well-being correlations. All data and R analysis scripts are made available in an online repository

Topics: Subjective well-being, Psychological well-being, Personality, Big 5, Personality facets
Publisher: Springer Netherlands
Year: 2016
DOI identifier: 10.1007/s10902-014-9583-7
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