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Exploring the Relationship Between Honesty-Humility, the Big Five, and Liberal Values in Swedish Students
University West, Department of Social and Behavioural Studies, Division of Psychology and Organisation Studies. (LINA)ORCID iD: 0000-0003-0629-353X
University West, Department of Social and Behavioural Studies, Division of Psychology and Organisation Studies. (LINA)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-8562-5610
2014 (English)In: Europe's Journal of Psychology, ISSN 1841-0413, E-ISSN 1841-0413, Vol. 10, no 1, 104-117 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Previous research on the Five-Factor model (Big Five) reports a relationship between personality traits and liberal values, and the trait  Agreeableness has demonstrated the strongest relationship. The HEXACO model offers a complement to the Five-factor model with an additional sixth trait of Honesty-Humility. Previous research on the Honesty-Humility trait has reported mixed results with liberal values, and this study set out to resolve this. The work presented here explored the relationship between the Honesty-Humility trait on facet-level (Sincerity, Fairness, Greed-avoidance and Modesty) and liberal values (equality for women, minorities, and socio-economical groups). Data from Swedish students (N = 202), known for their individualistic and liberal mindset, were sampled. There was an overall positive correlation between Honesty-Humility and the strength of liberal values (r = .36), and Honesty-Humility predicted liberal values beyond Agreeableness. We discuss these results in terms of the significance of traits and values in a culture that promotes both individualism and equality.

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ASUB , 2014. Vol. 10, no 1, 104-117 p.
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honesty-humility, HEXACO, Big Five, greed-avoidance, liberalism
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Psychology (excluding Applied Psychology)
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hv:diva-6019DOI: 10.5964/ejop.v10i1.672ScopusID: 2-s2.0-84897603378OAI: diva2:703682
Available from: 2014-03-07 Created: 2014-03-07 Last updated: 2016-03-17Bibliographically approved

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