Validation of a German-language core self-evaluations scale

Tobias Heilmann1, Klaus Jonas1
1University of Zurich, Switzerland
Cite this article:  Heilmann, T., & Jonas, K. (2010). Validation of a German-language core self-evaluations scale. Social Behavior and Personality: An international journal, 38, 209-226.

Volume 38 Issue 2 | e1974 | Published: March 2010 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.2224/sbp.2010.38.2.209

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In this study the validation of a German-language Core Self-Evaluations Scale (CSES; Judge, Erez, Bono, & Thoresen, 2003) is presented. Core self-evaluations are fundamental appraisals that individuals hold about their own capability, effectiveness, and worthiness as a person (Judge et al., 2003). Data were collected from 2 samples, 200 from the workforce and 134 students. The data supported the underlying single-factor solution. The German-language CSES (G-CSES) was found to be reliable and shows convergent validity with regard to internality (Krampen, 1981) and International Personality Item Pool (IPIP40) neuroticism, extraversion, and conscientiousness scales (Hartig, Jude, & Rauch, 2003) and discriminant validity with regard to the IPIP40 openness scale. The scale correlates significantly with job satisfaction and life satisfaction. Additionally, the G-CSES is incrementally valid over and above traits of the 5-factor model of personality.

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