Temperament Constructs Related to Betrayal of Trust
DEFENSE PERSONNEL SECURITY RESEARCH CENTER MONTEREY CA
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A literature review was conducted with the aim of defining the temperament constructs that could be related to trust betrayal and identifying a set of existing instruments for measuring these traits. Three constructs thought to exercise some influence on acts of espionage were identified lack of self- control, risk-taking, and a sense of alienation. Studies in white-collar crime using temperament, biodata, and integrity instruments provided empirical evidence for the use of such tests in identifying potential betrayers within organizations. It is argued that white-collar crimes such as embezzlement may be used as surrogates in the study of espionage. The impact that other factors such as prior self-justifications and occupational norms have on trust betrayal is discussed within a motivational framework. Future research is proposed.
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