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Thirty-Third Annual Meeting of the Society for Research in Psychopathology

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164. Predictive Validity of Consensual Conscientiousness Facets

Research has shown that the higher-order domain of Conscientiousness is associated with a broad range of internalizing (e.g. major depressive disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder) and externalizing (e.g. substance use disorder, antisocial personality disorder) psychopathology. However, there have been substantially less research that has investigated the associations between lower-order Conscientiousness facets and psychopathology, despite a large body of evidence showing the incremental predictive validity of personality facets over domains. One reason for the lack of research on lower-order facets is due to the lack of consensus on the number and content of facets across different personality inventories. Therefore, the current study explored the consensual facet structure of the Conscientiousness domain by factor analyzing scales from three measures of personality (NEO-PI-3; FI-FFM, DIS-I) in a sample of 432 community adults. We obtained four consensual facets: Achievement striving, Order, Self-discipline, and Deliberation. Factor scores of these consensual facets were related to a broad range of psychopathology, including indicators of internalizing, externalizing, and thought disorder. Results suggest that internalizing and thought disorder are most strongly associated with low Self-discipline, whereas externalizing disorders are most strongly associated with low Deliberation. Theoretical and clinical implications are discussed.

Shereen Khoo
University of Notre Dame

Stephanie Ellickson-Larew
University of Notre Dame

Kasey Stanton
Western University

Sara Stasik-O'Brien
Knox College

David Watson
University of Notre Dame


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