Personality Traits of University Students - A Covariate of Physical Activity in Indian Context

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Somya Khatri, Ritu Sharma


Moderate-to-vigorous-intensity physical activity performed persistently, has confirmed the provision of physical, & psychological benefits. Percentage of people performing physical activity in order to reap these benefits is limited. Bearing this in mind, a strong understanding of what elements are connected with physical activity is required. Physical activity might be influenced by specific personality factors (including openness, conscientiousness, extraversion, agreeableness, and neuroticism) as per research. The current study aimed to establish an association between varying personality traits and physical activity of university students. All the participants completed self-report measures of the Big Five Inventory (BFI) & International Physical Activity Questionnaire - Short Form (IPAQ - SF). A correlation analysis revealed positive association between the personality dimensions of extraversion, agreeableness, conscientiousness, and openness with physical exercise. The results of the study suggest that there is a relationship between personality traits and physical activity levels, and that future interventions aimed at promoting physical activity should take into account individual personality traits and other relevant factors.

Keywords: Personality traits, physical activity, five-factor model, openness, conscientiousness, extraversion agreeableness, neuroticism

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Somya Khatri, Ritu Sharma. (2023). Personality Traits of University Students - A Covariate of Physical Activity in Indian Context. Journal for ReAttach Therapy and Developmental Diversities, 6(10s(2), 1079–1085. Retrieved from