Personality, Stress and Creativity in Fine Arts and Science Students

Author: Zainab Imran
Supervisor: Iram Fatima, PhD
Degree: M.Sc
Year: 2014-2016
University: Institute of Applied Psychology, Punjab University, Lahore, Pakistan

A cross sectional study aimed to find out the difference among personality traits, stress and creativity in fine arts and science students. The sample (N = 160) comprised of final year fine arts and science students. It was hypothesized that there is a difference in personality traits, stress and creativity between science and arts group. Further it was hypothesized that openness, neuroticism and stress would predict creativity in both groups. Personality scale BFI-K 21 (Rammstedt, 1997), Perceived Stress Scale (Cohen et al., 1983) and Creativity Questionnaire (Smith, 2010) were used to assess personality traits, stress and creativity respectively in the present study. The results indicated that fine arts students were more neurotic, open and creative than science students. Also, it was found that in general, openness and stress positively predicted creativity.

Keywords: Personality,Stress, Creativity, Science Students.
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