Development and Validation of the German Work-Related Curiosity Scale
curiosity, openness to experience, personality, job performance, frame-of-reference approach
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Curiosity, a personality trait underlying behavioral tendencies related to knowledge acquisition, learning, and thinking, can be expected to be of high relevance in the world of work. There is, however, to date no work-related curiosity measure. The present article reports results regarding the development and validation of the new 10-item Work-Related Curiosity Scale. Based on two studies, the measure had a one-factor solution, acceptable internal consistency, and expected construct validity. In Study 2, incremental criterion-related validities were found over and above five general curiosity scales (ΔR2 between .12 and .15), which is in line with the frame-of-reference approach underlying the development of the scale. Interestingly, the lack of evidence for criterion-related validity in Study 1 indicates that these results do not generalize across positions.
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European Journal of Psychological Assessment, v. 28, issue 2, p. 109-117
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Mussel, Patrick; Spengler, Maik; Litman, Jordan A.; and Schuler, Heinz, "Development and Validation of the German Work-Related Curiosity Scale" (2011). Psychology Faculty Publications. 2504.