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Predicting Attitudes Towards Authority Based on Personality in a University Residential Life Setting
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by Katherine T. Alarcon and Warren W. Tryon - Fordham University
The purpose of this study was to determine the effect of extraversion on the perception of residential life by college students living on campus. A total of 149 undergraduates completed a brief Introversion-Extraversion scale and a Residential Life Questionnaire. Results indicated strong and significant correlations between extraversion and higher levels of dissatisfaction with the rules set forth and those who enforce the rules, the number of times a student was documented for rule infractions, and how frequently a student consumed alcohol and how many drinks per event a student typically consumed. It appears that extraversion is associated with drinking alcohol in social situations which is associated with risky behaviors which is associated with infractions of Residential Life rules and negative opinions of this office. This study linked college conduct problems to personality through alcohol. Important differences between seniors and freshman, sophomores, and juniors were frequently noted.