San Diego State University
Department of Psychology
Jeffrey M. Conte
Day, D. V., Bedeian,
A. G., & Conte, J. M. (1998). Personality as a predictor of work-related
attitudes and propensity to quit: Test of a mediated latent structural
model. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 28, 2068-2088.
Examined the role of personality in predicting work-related outcomes, using
structural equation modeling. Data were taken from 1,098 accounting professionals.
Latent personality constructs based on scales from the California Psychological
Inventory were specified and tested in a confirmatory measurement model,
along with the attitudinal constructs of communication adequacy, role stress,
job satisfaction, and propensity to quit. The results of confirmatory factor
analyses indicate that the hypothesized personality constructs of extraversion,
control, and flexibility are adequately supported by the data, as are each
of the attitudinal constructs. Results from the tested structural model
indicate that personality effects on propensity to quit are fully mediated
by role stress and job satisfaction. Results are discussed in terms of
successfully modeling completely latent, multifaceted personality constructs
and better understanding the propensity to quit. (Copyright 1998, V. H.
Winston & Son, Inc.).