How trait curiosity influences psychological well-being and emotional exhaustion: The mediating role of personal initiative

Hanwei Wang, Jie Li*

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This study investigates how trait curiosity influences employees' psychological well-being and emotional exhaustion. Specifically, it proposes the mediating role of personal initiative in the abovementioned relationships. A total of 380 employees in China completed questionnaires that assessed their trait curiosity, personal initiative, psychological well-being, and emotional exhaustion states. Results indicate that personal initiative partially mediates the relationship between curiosity and psychological well-being, and fully mediates the relationship between curiosity and emotional exhaustion. Implications for future research of the current study are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)135-140
Number of pages6
JournalPersonality and Individual Differences
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2015
Externally publishedYes


  • Emotional exhaustion
  • Personal initiative
  • Psychological well-being
  • Trait curiosity

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