We tested the contribution of three potential sources of variance in self-reported based General Factor of Personality (GFP) scores, namely socially-desirable response bias, positive self-evaluation, and social-effectiveness. Measures of socially-desirable response bias, positive self-evaluation, along with a rater-based measure of social effectiveness were used to predict three separate self-report based GFPs and a composite GFP based upon the three measures. Regression analyses and relative weight analyses showed that each of the potential sources of variance played a role in the GFP, with social effectiveness often explaining the largest proportion of variance. The results add to our understanding of the GFP and suggest that a proper view is that variance in self-report GFPs has at least three interrelated facets.

General Factor of Personality, Positive self-evaluation, Q-sort, Response bias, Social-effectiveness
dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.paid.2015.12.034, hdl.handle.net/1765/87102
Personality and Individual Differences
Erasmus University Rotterdam

Dunkel, C.S, van der Linden, D, Brown, N.A, & Mathes, E.W. (2016). Self-report based General Factor of Personality as socially-desirable responding, positive self-evaluation, and social-effectiveness. Personality and Individual Differences, 92, 143–147. doi:10.1016/j.paid.2015.12.034