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Contribution to Book
Personality and task performance
Personality and individual differences: Current directions
  • Trishita Mathew, Bond University
  • Richard Hicks, Bond University
Date of this Version
10-1-2010
Document Type
Book Chapter
Publication Details

Citation only.

Mathew, T. & Hicks, R. (2010). Personality and task performance. In R. Hicks (Ed.), Personality and individual differences: Current directions (pp. 165-173). Bowen Hills: Australian Academic Press.

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2010 HERDC submission. FoR Code: 170100

© Copyright Trishita Mathews & Richard Hicks, 2010

ISBN
978-1-9215-1366-4
Abstract

While the positive effects of goal setting and self-efficacy on performance are well established (Bandura, 1997; Locke & Latham, 1990) and it is known that task anxiety can lead to detriments in performance (Locke & Latham, 1990); it is not known which variable affects task performance the most. The present study aimed to identify the strongest predictor of task performance among self-efficacy, goal setting and task anxiety. The study was conducted with a total of 80 participants who were students from an Australian university. It was hypothesised that self-efficacy, goal setting and task anxiety would be significant predictors of task performance with self-efficacy being the most important predictor, followed by goal setting, followed by task anxiety. The hypothesis was partially supported as self-efficacy was found to be a significant, and the most important, predictor, but goal setting and task anxiety were not found to be significant predictors of task performance. Implications of the results are discussed.

Citation Information
Trishita Mathew and Richard Hicks. "Personality and task performance" 1stBowen HillsPersonality and individual differences: Current directions (2010) p. 165 - 173
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/trishita_mathew/2/