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Volume :40 Issue : 1 2012      Add To Cart                                                                    Download

The Big Five Personality Factors as Predictors of Health Behaviors of College Students

Auther : Hanaa A. Shuwaikh…

The purpose of this study was to find the relationship between the Big Five Personality Factors and health behaviors, and to discover the role of the the Big Five Personality Factors - as predictors of health behaviors of college students. In order to verify the hypotheses of this study, a battery of questionnaires included the Big Five Personality Factors, and questionnaires of health behaviors and demographics. After fulfilling the psychometric requirements of the battery, the data was collected from a sample (n=400) of college students at South Valley University. Their ages ranged from 18-25 years, with a mean of 19.28 (SD=1.06). The findings of the study were as follows: (1) there were statistically significant relationships between all of the factors of personality and health behaviors; (2) the Big Five Personality Factors were a significant predictor of health behavior; and (3) neuroticism was the stongest predictor of all types of health behavior.
Keywords: Neuroticism, Extroverion, Openness to Experience, Agreeableness, Conscientiousness, Health Behavior.
 

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