Personality and Job Satisfaction: The Mediating Role of Job Characteristics

J Appl Psychol. 2000 Apr;85(2):237-49. doi: 10.1037/0021-9010.85.2.237.


This study tested a model of the relationship between core self-evaluations, intrinsic job characteristics, and job satisfaction. Core self-evaluations was assumed to be a broad personality concept manifested in 4 specific traits: self-esteem, generalized self-efficacy, locus of control, and low neuroticism. The model hypothesized that both subjective (perceived) job characteristics and job complexity mediate the relationship between core self-evaluations and job satisfaction. Two studies were conducted to test the model. Results from Study 1 supported the hypothesized model but also suggested that alternative models fit the data well. Results from Study 2 revealed that core self-evaluations measured in childhood and in early adulthood were linked to job satisfaction measured in middle adulthood. Furthermore, in Study 2 job complexity mediated part of the relationship between both assessments of core self-evaluations and job satisfaction.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Analysis of Variance
  • California
  • Factor Analysis, Statistical
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Job Satisfaction*
  • Longitudinal Studies
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Midwestern United States
  • Models, Psychological
  • Personality Development
  • Personality*