Personality Traits, Attachment Styles and Metacognition in Art Oriented and Non-Art Oriented Students

Rabia Ayaz (MPhil, 2016-2018) Supervisor: Shazia Qayyum PhD

Present study investigated the relationship of personality traits, attachment styles and metacognition in art oriented and non-art oriented students. It was hypothesized that there would be a relationship between personality traits, attachment styles and metacognition in art oriented and non-art oriented students. Further the study explored the different attachment styles i.e. secure, avoidant and anxious would be moderate the relationship between personality traits and metacognition. The present study used between group designs. The sample of 115 art oriented students (fine arts, sculpture, calligraphy, textile designing etc.), and 120 non art oriented students (literature, business & life sciences) of age range 22-25 years were selected through non-probability purposive sampling technique. Big Five Inventory-K (BFI-K; Rammstedt & John, 2005), Adult Attachment Scale (Collins, 1996) and Metacognition Awareness Inventory (Mal; lmel, 2002) were used for the measurement of personality traits, attachment styles and metacognition respectively. Pearson product moment correlation was conducted to assess the relationship among study variables. Independents sample t-test was used to assess the differences among variables and hierarchical regression was used to find out the moderating role of study variables. Correlation analysis reveals the relationship between study variables with different magnitudes, whereas secure attachment style and avoidant attachment style significantly moderated the relationship between personality traits and metacognition. Anxious attachment style did not significantly moderate the relationship between personality traits and metacognition. Findings of current research have implications that have been discussed in the study.

Keywords: Personality, attachment, metacognition.

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