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Association between personality traits, risk-taking on a behavioural task and risky behaviours


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Pribolšan, Marina. (2013). Association between personality traits, risk-taking on a behavioural task and risky behaviours. Diploma Thesis. Filozofski fakultet u Zagrebu, Department of Psychology. [mentor Butković, Ana].

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The aim of this study was to examine the correlations of domains and facets of the five-factor model of personality and risk-taking on a behavioural task with real-life risky behaviours. A sample of 92 students completed IPIP 300, a 300-item version of personality questionnaire used to assess 5 domains of personality: Neuroticism, Extraversion, Openness to experience, Agreeableness and Conscientiousness, as well as their 30 subscales. A composite measure of general propensity towards risky behaviour was compiled of seven items, each assessing a different type of risky behaviour: smoking. drinking, drug abuse, unprotected sex, driving without a seat belt, gambling and betting. Behavioural risk-taking task was administered using a specifically developed computer programme to measure frequency of risky choices made by an individual. The results have shown somewhat different correlation patterns between personality domains and facets and risky behaviours, depending on participants’ sex. At a domain level, Extraversion and Agreeableness were positively, and Openness was negatively correlated with risky behaviours in males, while only Conscientiousness was negatively correlated with female risky behaviours. Impulsiveness (N) showed positive, while Achievement Striving and Deliberation (C) showed negative correlations with risky behaviours in both males and females. Hierarchical regression analysis showed that behavioural measure of risk-taking accounted for unique variance of reported risky behaviours (3%), above that accounted for by sex and personality domains (44%).

Item Type: Diploma Thesis
Uncontrolled Keywords: risk taking, risky behaviours, personality, five-factor model
Subjects: Psychology > Psihologija ličnosti
Departments: Department of Psychology
Supervisor: Butković, Ana
Date Deposited: 21 Oct 2014 10:56
Last Modified: 22 Feb 2016 10:21

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