The Relationship between Big Five Personality Domains and Psychological Well Being among Punjab University Students

Author: Saba Yousuf Supervisor: Dr. Naumana Amjad Degree: M.Sc Year: 2005-2007 University: Institute of Applied Psychology, Punjab University, Lahore, Pakistan Abstract This research study examined the relationship between personality domains and psychological well-being. A total of 200 Punjab University students completed the NEO Five Factor Inventory (NEO-FFI), Psychological Well-Being scale and demographic information form. The relationship between the two target variables (Big Five Personality domains and Psychological Well-Being) and demographic variables were assessed through Pearson product moment correlation coefficient and regression analysis. The results revealed that all five personality domains were significantly correlated with psychological well-being (PWB). Personality trait of Neuroticism was negatively associated with all six dimensions of PWB (autonomy, environmental mastery, personal growth, positive relations with others, purpose in life and self acceptance) and Extraversion, Openness to experience, Agreeableness and Conscientiousness were positively associated with PWB. Extraversion and Conscientiousness both are positively significantly correlated with all six dimensions of PWB. Agreeableness was positively and significantly correlated with five dimensions of PWB except Autonomy. Openness to Experience was positively and significantly correlated with Autonomy and Personal Growth. The best predictor of psychological well-being was Conscientiousness. Demographic variables (gender, age, education, monthly income, number of siblings, family setup (joint or nuclear), residence (owner or tenant), rural or urban area, parent being alive and disability did not predict psychological well-being. The findings suggested that personality domains are predictors of psychological well-being. Specifically being more conscientious and agreeable, being more open to experience and being extrovert can increase psychological well-being among individuals and neurotic traits can decrease psychological wellbeing. Keywords:  Personality Domains, Psychological Well Being, Neuroticism, Extraversion, Openness to experience, Agreeableness, Conscientiousness Visit University to get the full thesis. Corresponding Address: Department of Applied Psychology, University of the Punjab, Lahore, Pakistan. Email:, Phone: 92-42-9231245

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