The five-factor model, conscientiousness, and driving accident involvement. Academic Article uri icon


  • Personality researchers and theorists are approaching consensus on the basic structure and constructs of personality. Despite the apparent consensus on the emergent five-factor model (Goldberg, 1992, 1993), less is known about external correlates of separate factors. This research examined the relations between Conscientiousness, one dimension of the model, and driving accident involvement. Using multiple measures in independent samples drawn from college students (N = 227) and a temporary employment agency (N = 250), the results generally demonstrate a significant inverse relation between Conscientiousness and driving accident involvement; individuals who rate themselves as more self-disciplined, responsible, reliable, and dependable are less likely to be involved in driving accidents than those who rate themselves lower on these attributes. The findings are consistent with other research demonstrating the relations among Conscientiousness and other tasks and job performance. Suggestions for future research are discussed.

published proceedings

  • J Pers

altmetric score

  • 3

author list (cited authors)

  • Arthur, W., & Graziano, W. G

citation count

  • 150

complete list of authors

  • Arthur, W||Graziano, WG

publication date

  • September 1996