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                            University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Trace: Tennessee Research and Creative Exchange
	8-2003
Big Five Personality Traits and Work Drive as Predictors of Adolescent Academic Performance.
	Susan Rae Perry
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University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Trace: Tennessee Research and Creative
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8-2003

Big Five Personality Traits and Work Drive as
Predictors of Adolescent Academic Performance.
Susan Rae Perry
University of Tennessee - Knoxville

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Research Question 2: Does the relationship between Work Drive and GPA vary by grade

level?

The conclusions in the literature about the relationship between age and work drive are

equally unclear (Buchholz, 1978; Furnham, 1982, 1987; Wentworth & Chell, 1997).

Wentworth and Chell (1997) found younger, undergraduate students expressed more PWE

beliefs than did older graduate students. Number of years in the workforce negatively impacted

PWE beliefs, as did level of education. Work Drive has not been examined in adolescent

populations, so the extent to which this effect might occur within four years of school, if at all, is

unknown. Therefore, grade level was examined as a possible moderator of Work Drive in this

study.

Sample

The subjects for this study are 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th grade students from a data

archive collected by Resource Associates, Inc. as part of a study of students in a school system

in the southeast. Three high schools provided the dataset for this study. The total number of

subjects was 1, 276 females and 1,122 males, for a total of 2,398 subjects. The school system

is 82% Caucasian, 14% African-American, and 4% other.

Instrumentation

The Resource Associates Adolescent Personal Style Inventory (APSI, Version 2)

consists of 118 items. It measures the following personality traits, considered appropriate by

human resource managers for selecting new employees: Agreeableness, Conscientiousness,

Emotional Stability/Resilience, Extraversion, Openness, and Work Drive.

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