Personality Traits and Pathological Love among Young Adults

Author: Azka Safdar Bashir

Supervisor: Rabia Dasti

Degree:  BS

Year: 2010-2014

University: Institute of Applied Psychology, Punjab University, Lahore, Pakistan


The present research was a correlational study aimed at investigating the relationship of personality and pathological love among young adults. It was hypothesized that: (a) there is likely to be a relationship between personality and pathological love among young adults; (b) personality traits and socio-demographic variables are likely to predict pathological love among young adults. The sample comprised of 120 males (M=20.50, SD=1.60) and 227 females (M=20.50, SD=1.60) from six different universities (three public, three private) with age range from 18 to 24 years. The participants were selected through convenience sampling. Urdu translated version of Big five personality Inventory (BFI) (John & Srivastava, 1999), translated by Dawood (2012) and Pathological Love Scale (Safdar & Dasti, 2014) were used to collect the data. Results indicated that extraversion, conscientiousness and neuroticism positively while, agreeableness negatively correlated with pathological love. Furthermore, extraversion, conscientiousness and neuroticism positively predicted pathological love whereas; intimate relationship in the past negatively predicted pathological love. The present research implicates that serious steps should be taken at societal level to address the rising problem of love pathology among the youngsters and at clinical level to develop sensitive indigenous interventions for the victim of pathological love.

Keywords: Personality, Pathological Love, Young Adults.

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