Estimating the Personality Attributes of Malaysian Youth: Age Differences (15 to 39 years) in Big Five Domains
In this study, age and gender differences in the Big Five were investigated in Malay-speaking Malaysian youth. (N=1036). The Big Five Inventory (BFI) was completed by participants ranging in age from 15 to 39 years old. Age differences were discovered, indicating that mean levels of Neuroticism are negatively related to age, Agreeableness, Conscientiousness, and Extraversion, on the other hand, are positively related to age. Openness to experience had a curvilinear relationship with age, with the highest mean levels for youth in middle age and significant drops in mean levels for females as they approached preadulthood. Gender differences were discovered, indicating that males are more dominant. On average, males have higher levels of Agreeableness, Conscientiousness, and Extraversion, whereas females have higher levels of Neuroticism. Men are more positive throughout their lives due to their openness to new experiences. This was the first study to look into age and gender trends in the Big Five as measured by the BFI.
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Hari Krishnan Andi
Centre for Postgraduate Studies, Asia Metropolitan University, Malaysia.
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