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Incremental validity of personality measures in predicting underwater performance and adaptation.

Diving conditions have a considerable impact on human behavior and performance, since they are generalized stress factors with specific characteristics of environmental, physiological and psychological nature. Among the structural environmental conditions the exposure to high pressures and an aquatic environment are highlighted. The functional ones include modifications of temperature, thermal conductivity and visibility. The main physiological stressor is the toxicity of breathing gases. Lastly, changes in anxiety and sensory stimulation are the major psychological stressors. From the human perspective, divers require a significant process of psychophysiological adaptation in order to avoid the occurrence of aquatic incidents or dysbaric complications. A good adaptation will allow divers to remain under water, preserve their health, and overcome the progressive reduction of performance, the onset of narcosis and the increase in emotional arousal (Anegg et al., 2002; Bachrach & Egstrom, 1987; Bennett & Elliott, 1993; Brubakk & Neuman, 2003).

Psychology applied to diving has mainly been focused on the analysis of the differential profiles of divers by means of descriptive studies (Beckman, Lall, & Johnson, 1996; Colodro, Garces de los Fayos, & Velandrino, 2012; van Wijk, 2002; van Wijk & Waters, 2001) and on the experimental study of the effects of the particular environmental conditions on their performance and behavior (Brubakk & Neuman, 2003; Rostain & Balon, 2006). However, correlational studies between individual differences and the results of scuba diving training and underwater adaptation are less frequent (Biersner & Larocco, 1987; Edmons, 1972). Since these three analytical perspectives are fundamental in preventing risks and improving underwater performance, we analyzed the least studied problem, i.e. the contribution of individual differences to diving. In addition, given that this environment requires specific psychological characteristics for the divers to be able to adapt to unusual conditions and overcome the major underwater stressors, this topic is justified not only by scientific reasons but also by safety, ethical and economic reasons (Bachrach & Egstrom, 1987; Brubakk & Neuman, 2003).

Dispositional traits have come to be considered as predictors of human behavior and job performance. Meta-analytic results contributed to this, quantifying the validity of these predictors and helping to understand the theoretical and empirical relationships between dispositional variables and an extensive range of personal, interpersonal and social criteria. Meta-analysis confirmed that general mental ability is the best predictor of training performance and job performance in all positions and organizations (Salgado et al., 2003; Schmidt & Hunter, 2004) and, also, that personality traits reach valid indices when contingent behaviors are considered (Barrick, 2005; Salgado, 1997, 1998). On the one hand, psychometric tests of general intelligence have a high capacity to achieve effective predictions in different fields of activity (Gottfredson, 2002; Ones, Viswesvaran, & Dilchert, 2005; Ree, Earles, & Teachout, 1994). On the other hand, quantitative review studies confirm the importance of personality traits in explaining and predicting results not only in different organizational criteria and human behaviors in the workplace, but also in the school, personal, and social fields (Judge & Kammeyer-Mueller, 2007; Ozer & Benet-Martinez, 2006; Salgado, 2003). In spite of the low number of joint studies of individual differences, the combination of measures of cognitive ability and personality can provide validity to explain part of the variance that is not adequately explained by the best measures of ability or personality when considered separately (Chamorro-Premuzic & Furnham, 2006; Judge, Higgins, Thoresen, & Barrick, 1999; Roberts, Kuncel, Shiner, Caspi, & Goldberg, 2007).

Our contribution to this context is based on the hypothesis that the measurement of dispositional traits of intelligence and personality may be useful to predict the acquisition of knowledge and skills necessary for carrying out tasks under water and to forecast the adaptation in the stressful, changing and uncertain environment of the scuba diving field. The functional relationship between psychological traits and human behavior is increased as a result of the environmental demands of scuba diving. Therefore, in this study, we try to delimit the usefulness of general intelligence and verify the incremental validity of personality, as defined by Hunsley and Meyer (2003), in relation to the performance of the divers, the result of their training, and their level of adaptation in the underwater environment. Incremental validity is the extent to which a measure adds to the prediction of a criterion above what can be predicted by other sources of data. Its value provide evidence pertinent to improving on decision making and prediction tasks, especially when the measure represents a statistically significant increase in prediction of the criterion. Do the personality measures add something to the prediction of these criteria over what can be predicted by intelligence scores? It is possible that the predictive primacy of intelligence changes in this extreme environment and personality traits may become the most significant predictors of the underwater performance and adaptation.

Meta-analytic results have enhanced the understanding of the relationship between dispositional variables and behavioral manifestations. When training success or job performance is analyzed, general mental ability is the best predictor (Colom & Andres-Pueyo, 1999; Gottfredson, 1997, 2002). Furthermore, personality traits increase their validity when performance of specific tasks or other important components of the work are analyzed (Barrick, 2005; Barrick, Mount, & Judge, 2001). Campbell and Zook (1991) corroborated that personality variables add validity to intelligence in predicting military performance criteria, defending the combined use of cognitive and noncognitive predictors. Results that sustain the incremental validity of the personality variables have been proven in American and European samples with different performance criteria (Salgado, 1998; Schmidt & Hunter, 1998). Therefore, the use of measures of personality is essential in applied psychology. In general, personality has lower validity indices than intelligence, but complements it and does not interfere with it. If we have to predict job performance or success in training, psychological tests that evaluate the intellectual capacity and dimensions of personality should be used, preferably using questionnaires related to the Five Factors model and, in addition, adapted in the specific working population (Chamorro-Premuzic & Furnham, 2010; Sackett & Lievens, 2008).

This conclusion has special application in the field of professional diving, as it is an activity that is carried out in an adverse environment with high demands and varied risks (Brubakk & Neuman, 2003). On the one hand, the underwater tasks require different abilities such as critical thinking, decision making, and time sharing; deductive and inductive reasoning; selective attention, information gathering, and spatial orientation; static and dynamic strength; manual dexterity, finger dexterity, arm-hand steadiness, and multi-limb coordination. On the other hand, divers are exposed to extreme situations and must overcome emergencies that may cause intense emotional activation and also require an adaptive response, which is sometimes perceived as disproportionate with respect to the available resources (Anegg et al., 2002; Bachrach & Egstrom, 1987; Morgan, Raglin, & O'Connor, 2004). The diving performance and adaptation are related to dimensions of learning diving tasks, technologies, and procedures, solving underwater problems, handling environmental emergencies and work stress, dealing with uncertain and unpredictable situations, or demonstrating physical and interpersonal adaptability. For the above reasons, the analysis of the specific contribution of individual differences to predicting adaptation and performance is justified in the underwater environment, in which divers must: (1) solve problems of psychophysiological adaptation and incidents that threaten their safety, (2) cope with stressful situations or apply self-control and anxiety management in situations of risk, and (3) carry out their work effectively as well.

The aim of the present study, therefore, is to investigate whether personality traits (in particular traits related to emotional adjustment and conscientiousness) provide incremental validity in an adverse environment and with the specific demands of diving. For this purpose, the relationships between levels of underwater adaptation and performance and individual differences are analyzed in order to: (1) ascertain the correlation of measures of intelligence with adaptation and performance in diving, (2) ascertain the correlation of personality traits with these same criteria, and (3) quantify the contribution of individual differences in personality to the predictive validity of intelligence in the military diving field.



The sample consisted of staff from the Spanish Armed Forces and Security Forces of the State who started Elementary Diver courses during the period between 1999 and 2009 in the Spanish Navy Diving Center. It was composed of adult Spanish men (N = 649) with an average age of 28.16 years (SD = 3.06), a majority of single men (61%) and varied educational level: Primary studies, Intermediate vocational education and High School (27%), Higher vocational education and University entrance exams (35%) and University degree (38%). The professional level of the military (n = 611) ranged from Troop and Seamen (23%) to Non-commissioned officer (34%) and Officer (37%); the remaining staff (n = 38) belonged to the National Police Corps. The basic 8-week diving course aims to ensure the safe practice of autonomous diving with hyperbaric air up to a depth of 50 m, by training the individuals (a) to plan and perform dives with scuba equipment maintaining adaptation to the underwater environment and (b) to carry out underwater activities dedicated to the safety of persons, vessels and naval installations.

Instruments and variables

The psychological evaluation of the applicants to perform military diving courses included the following tests, which are analyzed in detail elsewhere (Colodro et al., 2012). The General Intelligence Test (Cordero, Seisdedos, Gonzalez, & de la Cruz, 1994) assesses core functions of general mental ability, abstraction and relationships understanding, though nonverbal symbolic material without cultural content, following the same principles as the g-factor tests ([alpha] = .90). Spanish edition of the Sixteen Personality Factor questionnaire (Cattell, 1998) is one of the most used personality tests in Spain when a comprehensive assessment of normal personality is needed, with proven efficacy in theoretical and applied psychology. It evaluates 16 bipolar primary factors of normal personality, grouped by factor analysis into five broad or second order factors, just like the currently more accepted model of personality traits. Its scales have adequate indices of construct validity and reliability. The internal consistency of the scales in Spanish divers (n = 250) is in a range (.60 [less than or equal to] [alpha] < .70) of acceptable magnitude, by using a convenience sample of our study based on the availability of their original answer sheets at the moment of the data analysis. The Facilitating and Inhibiting Anxiety questionnaire is a test for assessing anxiety processes which facilitate (increased autonomic arousal) or inhibit (increased activation and internal concerns) performance in military divers (.70 [less than or equal to] [alpha] < .90), derived from Pelechano's work (1975).

The independent variables used in this study corresponded to the psychological factors of intelligence, personality and anxiety evaluated with the tests mentioned in the preceding paragraph. Demographic and professional variables were also analyzed to understand the characteristics of the sample.

The dependent variables were the performance and adaptation during the diving course. The underwater performance was evaluated through the Final Average Grade (FAG), constituted by the weighted average of the weekly results obtained in exams (Physics, Medicine and Psychology of diving) and exercises (scuba diving practices, underwater search and recovery, underwater tools and work techniques) to test the divers' understanding of the theoretical materials and mastery of the practical aspects of the course. This index represents the official result of the diving training at the Spanish Navy Diving School. In addition, adaptation to diving was categorized with a dichotomous indicator, low or high underwater adaptation, defined on the basis of the first and third quartile of the FAG distribution, i.e. subjects who have less or more success to overcome all aspects of diving course (n = 177 in each group). Those who overcome all aspects of diving training and complete the diving course get the certification of Elementary Diver and recognition of their competence for underwater adaptation. Therefore, our criteria are related to the components of task proficiency and the dimensions of adaptive performance of the general model proposed by Campbell et al. (Campbell, McCloy, Oppler, & Sager, 1993; Pulakos, Arad, Donovan, & Plamondon, 2000).


The psychological tests were applied collectively during the first week of the course in the Spanish Navy Diving School. Application instructions provided by a military psychologist (one of the authors) highlighted the preventive character of psychological tests in relation to underwater adaptation, without the consideration of selective checks in the strict sense. The methodology for data collection and confidentiality observed the guidelines set out in the Armed Forces Psychology Service Regulations and it was similar to that used in applied research in the field of Work and Organizational Psychology. The collected data with the aim of risk prevention in the diving activities were grouped in a confidential database, consisting of a single record per subject without personal identification.

In this empirical study, two correlational research designs with quantitative methodology were used. The first employed a predictive plan, in order to determine the validity of the independent variables in relation to the performance in diving activities. The second design was a case-control study performed by grouping the participants in the dependent variable, with the aim of obtaining the best indicators for predicting underwater adaptation. The greatest advantage of these designs lies in the use of a large sample and in the external validity.

Data analysis

The relevance of individual differences in the prediction of underwater performance and adaptation were analyzed with techniques of multiple and logistics regression and ROC (Receiver Operating Characteristic) curve analysis using the statistical package SPSS 19.0 (SPSS, 2010). After checking the basic assumptions of the methods of least squares and maximum likelihood and the existence of significant differences in the centroids of the groups of adaptation, we have tried to confirm the incremental validity of some personality traits whose relevance has already been proven in diving.


In the initial correlation analysis, summarized in Table 1, significant coefficients were obtained that indicate a positive association between measures of intelligence (general intelligence, reasoning) and the criteria of performance and adaptation in diving. When the effect of the non-cognitive traits was controlled, these correlations remained significant. In addition, some traits of personality (emotional stability, liveliness, facilitating anxiety, self-control) correlated directly and meaningfully with diving performance, and others (sensitivity, apprehension, tension, inhibiting anxiety) did so in reverse mode; being still significant when the cognitive traits were controlled. Similar results were obtained regarding the relationship between personality traits and the level of underwater adaptation, with the addition of dominance and abstractedness in this dichotomous criterion. Therefore, a significant correlation of the intelligence and personality measures with the criteria of underwater performance and adaptation is confirmed.

Additionally, we confirmed the relevance of intelligence and personality in predicting underwater performance by grouping individual differences in three models: (1) a comparison block, consisting of personality variables with little theoretical or empirical impact on the underwater environment (warmth, dominance, rule-consciousness, social boldness, vigilance, abstractedness, privateness, radicalism, selfreliance); (2) a intelligence model; and (3) a personality model, composed of dispositional variables that predict the outcome of training and performance in diving. The hierarchical regression analysis summarized in Table 2 indicated that, in relation to a non significant comparison model, intellectual variables contribute significantly to the prediction of performance in the diving course, [DELTA][R.sup.2] = .07, F(2, 522) = 20.80, p = .001, increasing by 7% the explained variance of the FAG with a small effect size magnitude ([f.sup.2] = .08). In addition, general intelligence and reasoning showed statistically significant coefficients, indicating that divers with higher scores on intelligence tests tend to achieve better performance in diving. Personality also contributed significantly to this prediction, [DELTA][R.sup.2] = .20, F(8, 514) = 18.68, p = .001, adding 20% to the variance explained by previous models with a medium effect size ([f.sup.2] = .25). Most of the regression coefficients were significant, confirming that the divers with higher scores on emotional stability, self-control and facilitating anxiety, and lower scores on sensitivity, apprehension and tension tend to achieve greater underwater performance.

Finally, using hierarchical logistic regression analysis, we tested the possibility of predicting the level of underwater adaptation (Q1-Q3 of the FAG) with three similar models (Table 3). The intelligence model was statistically significant and had an appropriate fit according to the Hosmer and Lemeshow test, [chi square](8) = 11.97; p = .153, and Nagelkerke's coefficient ([R.sup.2.sub.N] = .19). The personality model was also statistically significant and presented a proper adjustment, [chi square](8) = 10.79; p = .214; [R.sup.2.sub.N] = .58. When comparing the efficacy in predicting the level of adaptation attained in the underwater environment, a significant predictive gain, [chi square](1) = 102.30; p < .001, and an increase in the effect size of large magnitude ([R.sup.2.sub.N] = .40) were obtained in the case of personality traits. After estimating the incremental validity through the coefficient of likelihood ([R.sup.2.sub.L]), intelligence model explained 7% of the dependent variable, with the two predictors used being statistically significant. By adding individual differences in personality traits (emotional stability, self-control, facilitating anxiety, apprehension, emotional sensitivity and tension), the model explained an additional 25% of the variation, being significant the coefficients of six predictors.

The obtained rates of sensitivity (79%) and specificity (81%) were associated with a significant success, [chi square](1) = 114.47, p < .001, in the classification of divers with high and low levels of adaptation. Figure 1 represents the ROC curve for the prediction of underwater adaptation, analyzing all possible cut-points of sensitivity (true positive rate) and 1-specificity (false positive rate) over the reference line and comparison model. The value of the area under the curve, AUC = .86, p < .001, 95% CI (.82-.90), indicated 86% of the maximum possible discrimination power, assuming a value of .139 in the overlap of the two distributions.


In order to verify the relevance of individual differences in the adaptation to an extreme environment, an analysis of psychological variables in basic diving courses developed in the Spanish Navy has been presented in this paper. The aim was to estimate the specific contribution of personality to the validity of the intelligence measures to predict the level of performance in diving activities and underwater adaptation. The results indicate, in the first place, a significant association of the intelligence and personality measures with the criteria of performance and adaptation in this environment. When compared to a reference model, general intelligence increases by 7% the explanation of the variation of underwater performance, with significant contribution from the two predictors used (general intelligence and reasoning). Adding personality traits, the model explains an additional 20% of the variance, most of the predictors being significant (emotional stability, self-control, facilitating anxiety, sensitivity, apprehension and tension). Using logistic regression analysis, we have ascertained that intelligence explain about 7% of the variance of the level of underwater adaptation and that personality account for an additional 25% of the mentioned variance. Our results altogether confirm the incremental validity of individual differences in personality to predict the underwater performance and the probability of diving adaptation over the cognitive factors.

From the first quantitative reviews, data were obtained that supported the relevance of general mental ability in predicting job performance and training success in a wide range of activities. However, despite being the best predictor of performance, intelligence explains only a part of the criterion variance (Furnham, 2008; Ree & Earles, 1992; Ree et al., 1994). The predictive validity of intelligence was already found in the first psychological studies in the field of basic and specialized diving training (Bachrach et al., 1976; Baddeley, Godden, Moray, Ross, & Synodinos, 1978; Berghage, 1972; Edmonds, 1972). This is confirmed in our results with a significant correlation of intelligence with the underwater criteria.

The low significance of personality measures in the workplace was a reasonable conclusion to draw, based on the correlation coefficients magnitude obtained in the initial reviews. Theoretical and methodological progress, however, enabled the provision of data which clearly supports the validity of personality traits in predicting the behavior and performance criteria (Barrick, 2005; Furnham, 2008; Salgado, 2003). However, there is not unanimous agreement: some criticize their use in personnel selection because of the low association with occupational criteria or training results (Morgeson et al., 2007) and others support the increased validity of personality traits if contingent performance criteria are chosen (Hogan & Holland, 2003; Judge et al., 1999). Although initial studies about the relationship of personality traits with diving training and performance criteria showed data with marginal significance (Bachrach et al., 1976; Baddeley et al., 1978; Moray, Ross, & Synodinos, 1979), subsequent conclusions have indicated a greater association (Biersner, 1984; Biersner & Larocco, 1987; Edmonds, 1972). This is also ascertained in our study with a significant association of the personality traits with the underwater criteria.

Meta-analytic reviews about the joint validity of individual differences in American and European samples or in civilian and military activities have determined that general mental ability is the best predictor in the workplace and that personality traits increase their validity in specific tasks or contexts (Barrick, 2005; Salgado, 1998; Schmidt & Hunter, 1998). Moreover, the incorporation of personality measures can provide incremental validity and greater efficacy to predict specific working efficiency parameters, as noted in the military field (Campbell & Zook, 1991). Individual differences in intelligence and personality have also been shown to be explanatory in stressful situations, with the particularity that these conditions of emotional activation significantly increase the proportion of variance explained by personality traits in a wide range of behavioral criteria (Judge et al., 1999; Stankov, Boyle, & Cattell, 1995). Studies to determine the relevance of psychometric tests in the diving field initially emphasized the importance of intellectual characteristics and indicated the modest significance of personality traits, but anticipated that the prediction of underwater adaptation could be improved by incorporating measures of personality, motivation and physical fitness (Bachrach et al., 1976; Baddeley et al., 1978; Moray et al., 1979). The combined use of cognitive and non-cognitive variables has special application in the field of professional diving, because it is an extreme activity carried out in an adverse environment with high demands and varied risks, in which divers must overcome emergencies that can cause intense emotional activation (Anegg et al., 2002; Bachrach & Egstrom, 1987; Morgan et al., 2004). The results of our study support this joint practice. Personality traits related to emotional adjustment, conscientiousness and adaptability are useful in anticipating success in diving training and underwater performance, estimating a higher predictive validity compared to general intelligence. This result is in line with the environmental circumstances and the high psychological demands required from those who carry out this professional activity.

The hierarchical regression analysis results support the conclusion that individual differences may be used to predict levels of underwater performance and adaptation, highlighting the validity of personality traits. These findings can improve the understanding of the behavioral effects and psychophysiological complications of diving, since the significant predictors are related to the perception and interpretation of stressful circumstances, to the type of strategies chosen for overcoming them, and to the performance level and behavioral reaction that can be expected in an extreme environment. By providing the ability to learn efficiently and the possibility of general adaptation, intelligence predicts the level of performance and adaptation, accounting for 7% of its variance in the underwater environment. General mental ability allows the application of the acquired knowledge and available resources to solve problematical situations, to attain an adequate performance level, and to adapt to new environments and unexpected circumstances (Gottfredson, 2004). However, in this environment, the magnitude of the contribution of personality stands out over the predictive validity of the general intelligence, which is not the case using other occupational, personal or social criteria. In particular, we have confirmed that personality traits allow us to explain, approximately, an additional 20% of the variance of performance and adaptation. The explanation of this finding may have two facets. On the one hand, some traits (sensitivity, apprehension, and tension) are likely to elicit emotional reactions that may interfere with performance and adaptation as a result of their influence on the cognitive mechanisms underpinning the capacity for problem solving and decision-making processes (Castillo, 2010). On the other hand, there are personality traits (emotional stability, self-control, and facilitating anxiety) that may favor behavioral trends that are able to increase performance and emotional control in stressful situations and to improve stress experience or management (Carver & Connor-Smith, 2010).

Therefore, this study confirms the predictive validity of individual differences in intelligence and personality in the underwater environment and the greater relevance of the dispositional traits related to emotional adjustment and adaptability to anxiety and stress. These are indices of low vulnerability and susceptibility to stress and they predict the possibility of developing an effective response in changing or unforeseen situations such as those that happen in diving activities. The value of incremental validity of personality measures provide evidence which can be used to improve decision making and prediction tasks, especially when these measures represent a statistically significant increase in prediction of the diving criteria. This significant increase indicates a shift in the value of the measures of intelligence and personality validity, and a change of roles within the direction of the prediction derived from the meta-analytical studies, being the personality measures the ones which provide incremental validity to the intelligence measures in diving field.

The conclusion of the shift and reversal of the incremental validity of the psychological traits in the diving environment is limited by the use of a convenience sample, which represents all military divers who have carry out basic diving courses in the Spanish Diving School over a decade. However, the size and previous homogeneity of the sample ensure its statistical power and support the generalization of the results in the professional diving field. The use of new psychometric instruments with the same theoretical models, the increase of evaluated variables and the analysis of complementary samples should be considered in future research.

The contribution of personality to the validity of the intelligence measures to predict the level of performance and adaptation in the underwater environment has been confirmed in this study. Emotional adjustment and adaptability constitute a set of psychological traits associated with underwater behavior and performance and they are also necessary factors to respond to the psychophysiological demands of diving. Therefore, it may be beneficial to take advantage of the incremental validity of personality traits in order to estimate performance in scuba diving, predict the human adaptation to underwater environments, and implement measures of psychological prevention and intervention which could be effective at training in exposure to environmental stress and coping with diving emergencies.

doi: 10.1017/sjp.2015.16


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Joaquin Colodro (1), Enrique J. Garces-de-los-Fayos (2), Juan J. Lopez-Garcia (2) and Lucia Colodro-Conde (2)

(1) Delegacion de Defensa en la Region de Murcia (Spain)

(2) Universidad de Murcia (Spain)

Correspondence concerning this article should be addressed to Joaquin Colodro Plaza. Universidad de Murcia. Campus de Espinardo. 30100 Murcia (Spain).


This work was carried out in the Centro de Buceo de la Armada Espanola, with the support of the Servicio de Psicologia de las Fuerzas Armadas. Its content is the responsibility of the authors, and does not necessarily represent the official views of the Armada or the Ministerio de Defensa.

Table 1. Means, standard deviations and correlations of measures of
intelligence and personality with underwater performance and

Variable               M       SD     Performance (n = 581)

                                      [r.sub.xy]   [r.sub.ij]

General intelligence   28.03   5.86      .26 ***    (.17) ***
Reasoning              9.28    1.92      .19 ***    (.14) ***
Emotional stability    20.53   3.89      .27 ***    [.24] ***
Dominance              12.68   3.44
Liveliness             16.49   3.66      .14 ***    [.10] *
Sensitivity            7.22    3.25     -.32 ***   [-.27] ***
Abstractedness         11.91   3.03
Apprehension           7.36    3.60     -.24 ***   [-.23] ***
Self-control           14.41   2.82      .26 ***    [.26] ***
Tension                5.60    4.18     -.17 ***   [-.17] ***
Facilitating anxiety   13.05   3.57      .27 ***    [.23] ***
Inhibiting anxiety     2.90    2.82     -.14 ***   [-.12] **

Variable               Adaptation level (n = 354)


General intelligence    .34 ***
Reasoning               .21 ***
Emotional stability     .39 ***
Dominance               .12 *
Liveliness              .19 ***
Sensitivity            -.40 ***
Abstractedness          .12 *
Apprehension           -.34 ***
Self-control            .33 ***
Tension                -.27 ***
Facilitating anxiety    .35 ***
Inhibiting anxiety     -.16 **

Note: Linear ([r.sub.xi]), partial ([r.sub.ij]) and point-biserial
([r.sub.bp]); correlation; (partialling out personality traits)
[partialling out intelligence]. * p < .05. ** p < .01. *** p < .001.

Table 2. Hierarchical regression in prediction of underwater
performance (n = 581)

Block   Variable               [R.sup.2]   [DELTA][R.sup.2]

1                              .03         .03
2                              .10         .07
        General intelligence
3                              .30         .20
        Emotional stability
        Facilitating anxiety
        Inhibiting anxiety

Block   Variable               F            [beta]       t

1                               1.68
2                              20.80 ***
        General intelligence                .211      4.68 ***
        Reasoning                           .119      2.59 **
3                              18.68 ***
        Emotional stability                 .127      2.31 *
        Liveliness                          .007      0.14
        Sensitivity                        -.182     -4.42 ***
        Apprehension                       -.126     -2.43 *
        Self-control                        .194      4.20 ***
        Tension                            -.102     -2.01 *
        Facilitating anxiety                .131      3.19 **
        Inhibiting anxiety                 -.021     -0.46

Note: Comparison model: Block 1 (warmth, dominance,
rule-consciousness, social boldness, vigilance, abstractedness,
privateness, radicalism, self-reliance). Intelligence model:
Block 2. Personality model: Block 3. Dependent variable:
Final Average Grade.

* p < .05. ** p < .01. *** p < .001.

Table 3. Hierarchical logistic regression in prediction of underwater
adaptation level (n = 354)

Block   Variable               [chi square]   [R.sup.2.sub.L]   B

1                               8.72          .02
2                              42.46 ***      .09
        General intelligence                                     .107
        Reasoning                                                .141
3                              144.76 ***     .34
        Emotional stability                                      .185
        Sensitivity                                             -.200
        Apprehension                                            -.125
        Self-control                                             .179
        Tension                                                 -.703
        Facilitating anxiety                                     .149

Block   Variable               Wald        OR (95% CI))

        General intelligence   22.73 ***   1.113 (1.065-1.163)
        Reasoning               4.22 **    1.151 (1.006-1.316)
        Emotional stability    10.26 ***   1.203 (1.074-1.347)
        Sensitivity            13.71 ***   0.819 (0.737-0.910)
        Apprehension            4.15 *     0.882 (0.782-0.995)
        Self-control            7.02 **    1.196 (1.048-1.366)
        Tension                 8.28 **    0.495 (0.306-0.799)
        Facilitating anxiety    9.94 **    1.160 (1.058-1.273)

Note: Comparison model: Block 1 (warmth, dominance, rule-
consciousness, social boldness, vigilance, abstractedness,
privateness, radicalism, self-reliance). Intelligence model: Block 2.
Personality model: Block 3. [R.sup.2.sub.L] = Coefficient of
likelihood. OR = Odds ratio. CI = Confidence interval. Dependent
variable: Q1-Q3 of Final Average Grade distribution.

* p < .05. ** p < .01. *** p < .001.
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