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Relationships Between the Big Five Personality Factors, Resiliency Attitudes, and Life Satisfaction in Divorced Parents
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by Melissa Scanlan and Debra Schroeder* - The College of St. Scholastica
This study investigated connections between the Big Five Personality Factors, resiliency attitudes, and life satisfaction in divorced parents. It was predicted that resiliency attitudes and life satisfaction would correlate positively with extraversion and negatively with neuroticism. Thirty-seven participants were administered the Resiliency Attitude Scale (RAS), the NEO-FFI, and the Satisfaction With Life Scale (SWLS). Pearson correlations indicated that the NEO-FFI did not correlate well with either the RAS or the SWLS. However, there were correlations between the NEO-FFI subscales and two RAS items. Specifically, more neurotic individuals tended to find new ways of looking at things and less extraverted individuals tended to avoid repeating unhealthy relationships. Discussions follow regarding reasons for the lack of relationships and directions for future research.