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Approach or avoidance (or both?) : integrating core self-evaluations within an approach/avoidance framework

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posted on 2011-03-01, 00:00 authored by D L Ferris, C Rosen, Russell Johnson, D J Brown, S D Risavy, D Heller
Core self-evaluations (CSE) represent a new personality construct that,
despite an accumulation of evidence regarding its predictive validity,
provokes debate regarding the fundamental approach or avoidance na-
ture of the construct. This set of studies sought to clarify the ap-
proach/avoidance nature of CSE by examining its relation with ap-
proach/avoidance personality traits and motivation constructs (Study 1);
we subsequently examined approach/avoidance motivational mecha-
nisms as mediators of the relation between CSE and job performance
(Study 2). Overall, the studies demonstrate that CSE is best concep-
tualized as representing both (high) approach tendencies and (low)
avoidance tendencies; implications of these findings for CSE theory
are discussed.

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Journal

Personnel psychology

Volume

64

Issue

1

Season

Spring

Pagination

137 - 161

Publisher

Wiley

Location

London, Eng.

ISSN

0031-5826

Language

eng

Publication classification

C Journal article; C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Copyright notice

2011, Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

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