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Five Personality Factors and Sex: Preliminary Findings
Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences - Papers (Archive)
  • Patrick C. L. Heaven, University of Wollongong
  • Jean Fitzpatrick
  • Fiona Craig
  • Peter Kelly, University of Wollongong
  • Gareth Sebar
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Heaven, PCL, Fitzpatrick, J, Craig, F, Kelly, P & Sebar, G, Five Personality Factors and Sex: Preliminary Findings, Personality and Individual Differences, 28, 2000, 1133-1141.

This study assessed the relationships between the Big Five personality domains, attitudes to sex, and three specific sexual behaviours. Respondents were 123 undergraduate students (51 males; 72 females). Men were found to score significantly higher than women on measures of sexual curiosity and sexual excitement, while women were higher on sexual satisfaction. Neuroticism (N) and Extraversion (E) appeared to be the most important predictors of attitudes to sex, although Conscientiousness (C) and Openness to experience (O) were also implicated. N, C, and Agreeableness (A) were implicated in sexual behaviours. Some suggestions for future research are made.
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Patrick C. L. Heaven, Jean Fitzpatrick, Fiona Craig, Peter Kelly, et al.. "Five Personality Factors and Sex: Preliminary Findings" (2000) p. 1133 - 1141
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