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Whistleblowing: En studie om benägenheten att anmäla missförhållanden kopplat till personlighet och social önskvärdhet
University West, Department of Social and Behavioural Studies, Division of Psychology and Organisation Studies.
University West, Department of Social and Behavioural Studies, Division of Psychology and Organisation Studies.
2015 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
Whistleblowing : A study of the willingness to report wrong-doing linked to personality and social desirability (English)
Abstract [sv]

Det finns en hel del forskning om whistleblowing men studier som undersöker sambandet mellan whistleblowing och personlighet är begränsad. Studien syftade därför till att undersöka detta relativt outforskade samband. Eftersom undersökningen byggde på självskattning av hypotetiska påståenden inkluderades mätning av social önskvärdhet. För att mäta personlighet utgick vi från de fem personlighetsegenskaperna i teorin Big Five. Deltagarna utgjordes av 49 studenter från socialpedagog- och socionomprogrammet (39 kvinnor, 10 män) (M= 28.77, SD= 8 år). De fyllde i två välkända frågeformulär som mätte personlighet respektive social önskvärdhet. Ett eget frågeformulär konstruerades för whistleblowing. Pearsons korrelationsanalys visade ett positivt medelstarkt samband mellan whistleblowing och social önskvärdhet. En multipel linjär regression visade att social önskvärdhet och personlighet förklarade 10 % av variationen i whistleblowing och att social önskvärdhet och extraversion hade högst positiva betavärden samt att öppenhet hade högst negativt betavärde. Vårt resultat var mestadels inte i linje med tidigare forskning, därför diskuterades andra förklaringar för vårt resultat.

Abstract [en]

There is plenty of research on whistleblowing but studies investigating the relationship between whistleblowing and personality are limited. Therefore the study´s objective was to investigate this relatively unresearched relationship. Since the survey was based on self-assessments of hypothetical statements the study also included a measurement of social desirability. In order to measure personality the five personality traits from the Big Five theory were used. The participants consisted of 49 students studying social work (39 women, 10 men) (M= 28.77, SD= 8 years). Two well-known questionnaires that measure personality and social desirability were used and a self-constructed questionnaire was made for whistleblowing. The results showed that the mean values of whistleblowing (M= 3.9) and social desirability (M= 3.67) were high. Pearson correlational analyses showed a positive, medium strong correlation between whistleblowing and social desirability. A multiple linear regression showed that social desirability and personality explained 10 % of the variation of whistleblowing and that social desirability and extraversion had the highest positive beta-value and openness had the highest negative beta-value. Our results were for the most part not in line with the previous research, therefore other explanations were discussed for our findings.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2015. , 21 p.
Keyword [en]
Whistleblowing, personality, Big Five, social desirability
Keyword [sv]
Whistleblowing, personlighet, Big Five, social önskvärdhet
National Category
Psychology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hv:diva-7840Local ID: EXM500OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hv-7840DiVA: diva2:843704
Subject / course
Occupational & organizational psychology
Educational program
Personalvetarprogrammet
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Available from: 2015-08-17 Created: 2015-07-30 Last updated: 2015-08-17Bibliographically approved

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