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Linking personality trait-facets and value-domains


  • Fabian Karlsson Ahlborg Department of Psychology, Lund University, Sweden
  • Julia Knutsson Department of Psychology, Lund University, Sweden
  • Petri Kajonius Department of Psychology, Lund University, Sweden



personality, Big Five, facets, values


Previous research has established that personality traits and personal values are intertwined constructs reporting sizable correlations. However, few previous studies have examined facet level traits in relation to values. The Big Five model contains lower-order facets representing specific contents of each trait domain. To this end, we provide a correlational map of 30 facets (IPIP-NEO-120) and Schwartz’s 10 values using an Mturk sample (N = 406). Results show moderate to strong correlations at the facet-level, indicating construct overlap between trait-facets and values. For example, the link between trait-facet excitement-seeking and the value-domain stimulation was r = .91. We also show that moderation analyses of trait-value relations result in very few significant interaction-effects with sex, age, and socioeconomic status. We discuss that traits at facet-level may be beneficial for a better understanding of the robust links between personality traits and values.





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