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Personality traits measured at baseline can predict academic performance in upper secondary school three years late
Kristianstad University, School of Education and Environment, Avdelningen för Humanvetenskap. Kristianstad University, Forskningsmiljön ForFame.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-5947-5594
Lunds universitet.
2014 (English)In: Scandinavian Journal of Psychology, ISSN 0036-5564, E-ISSN 1467-9450, Vol. 55, no 6, 611-618 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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The aim of the present study was to explore the ability of personality to predict academic performance in a longitudinal study of a Swedish upper secondary school sample. Academic performance was assessed throughout a three-year period via final grades from the compulsory school and upper secondary school. The Big Five personality factors (Costa & McCrae, 1992) - particularly Conscientiousness and Neuroticism - were found to predict overall academic performance, after controlling for general intelligence. Results suggest that Conscientiousness, as measured at the age of 16, can explain change in academic performance at the age of 19. The effect of Neuroticism on Conscientiousness indicates that, as regarding getting good grades, it is better to be a bit neurotic than to be stable. The study extends previous work by assessing the relationship between the Big Five and academic performance over a three-year period. The results offer educators avenues for improving educational achievement.

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2014. Vol. 55, no 6, 611-618 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hkr:diva-13038DOI: 10.1111/sjop.12165ISI: 000345219900013PubMedID: 25257093OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hkr-13038DiVA: diva2:750875
Available from: 2014-09-30 Created: 2014-09-30 Last updated: 2015-01-12Bibliographically approved

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