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J Appl Psychol. 1997 Oct;82(5):764-73.

Relationship between conscientiousness and learning in employee training: mediating influences of self-deception and self-efficacy.

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  • 1Institute of Labor and Industrial Relations, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign 61820-6297, USA. martocch@uiuc.edu

Abstract

A field study of 97 employees tested a model of the mediating influences of self-deception and task-specific self-efficacy in the relationship between conscientiousness and learning. The setting was an introductory Windows 3.1 software training course. Findings indicated that, as hypothesized, self-deception and self-efficacy mediated the relationship between conscientiousness and learning. Specifically, conscientiousness was positively related to self-deception, which was negatively related to learning, and conscientiousness was positively related to self-efficacy, which was positively related to learning. In addition, 4 alternative models were estimated. The results of the tests of the 4 alternative models were not supported by the data, further substantiating the validity of the hypothesized model.

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