Description or Abstract
The purpose of this study was to examine the Big Five personality traits in relation to political participation and activism at the American University in Cairo. Our hypothesis was that participants high on extraversion and openness to experience, and low on conscientiousness, agreeableness and neuroticism would be the most politically active. Questionnaires used to test this were the Big five Inventory (BFI), the Activism Orientation Scale (AOS), and a political participation questionnaire developed by our team. Convenience sampling was used to administer the questionnaires to our sample of 171 students. Results revealed positive correlations between extraversion and political participation, openness to experience and political participation, and openness to experience and activism. Also, it was found that higher neuroticism related to lower scores on the High-Risk activism sub scale.
2011 Egyptian Revolution, Political participation, Personality, Political activism, Neuroticism, Extraversion
Saleh, Jessica; El Kahhal, Tamima; and Abou Seif, Carine, "Personality traits and political participation" (2011). Papers, Posters, and Presentations. 19.