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Nathan A. Bowling, Ph.D. (Committee Chair); Corey E. Miller, Ph.D. (Committee Member); David M. LaHuis, Ph.D. (Committee Member)

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Master of Science (MS)


Curmudgeon personality, the extent to which a person dislikes most things, has recently received increased attention from researchers. Existing research has focused on either the relationships between curmudgeon personality and Big Five personality factors (e.g., extraversion, agreeableness) or curmudgeon personality and various workplace outcomes (e.g., job satisfaction, organizational commitment, and turnover intention). The current research examined whether curmudgeon personality and other personality traits (i.e., extraversion and emotional expressiveness) interact with each other to influence the quality of individuals’ social relationships at work. Analyses using an MTurk dataset (N = 529) showed some evidence of these interaction effects though some directions of these interactive effects were interesting and inconsistent with our predictions. These findings extend the existing literature by examining curmudgeon personality’s interactions with other personality traits and by examining outcome variables not previously examined within the curmudgeon personality literature.

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Department or Program

Department of Psychology

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