Relationships Between Positive and Negative Affect and the Five Factors of Personality in a Brazilian Sample

  • Cristian Zanon Universidade Sao Franciso
  • Micheline Roat Bastianello Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul
  • Juliana Cerentini Pacico Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul
  • Claudio Simon Hutz Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul

Abstract

Strong associations of Neuroticism and Extraversion with positive affects (PA) and negative affects (NA) have been reported in the international literature. This study aimed to evaluate the occurrence of such relationships in a Brazilian sample, and also to investigate the role of Conscientiousness, Agreeableness and Openness in the prediction of PA and NA through the use of a hybrid structural model. Participants were 319 university students, between 17 and 37 years of age (mean = 21.5, SD = 4.9). Approximately 64% of the students were female and 36% male. Results showed that Neuroticism was the most important predictor of PA and NA, followed by Conscientiousness, but not Extraversion. Surprisingly, Agreeableness was shown to be a weak prediction for NA, but had no relationship with PA. As expected, Openness showed no relationship with PA or NA. These results are partially in agreement with the international literature but some important differences were detected.

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Published
2013-09-01
How to Cite
Zanon, C., Bastianello, M., Pacico, J., & Hutz, C. (2013). Relationships Between Positive and Negative Affect and the Five Factors of Personality in a Brazilian Sample. Paidéia (Ribeirão Preto), 23(56), 285-292. https://doi.org/10.1590/1982-43272356201302
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