An Exploratory Study on Personality Traits and Procrastination Among University Students
American Journal of Applied Psychology
Volume 4, Issue 3-1, June 2015, Pages: 21-26
Received: Mar. 9, 2015; Accepted: Mar. 9, 2015; Published: Mar. 20, 2015
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Chooi Seong Lai, Faculty of Social Science, Arts and Humanities, Tunku Abdul Rahman University University, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Abdul Rahman bin Ahmad Badayai, Faculty of Social Science, Arts and Humanities, Tunku Abdul Rahman University University, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Khartikka Chandrasekaran, Faculty of Social Science, Arts and Humanities, Tunku Abdul Rahman University University, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Siew Yen Lee, Faculty of Social Science, Arts and Humanities, Tunku Abdul Rahman University University, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Rubini Kulasingam, Faculty of Social Science, Arts and Humanities, Tunku Abdul Rahman University University, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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Abstract
The present research examines the association between personality traits and procrastination behavior among 148 university students (52 males, 96 females). Respondents completed two measurements - Leonard Personality Inventory and General Procrastination Scale. Descriptive analysis indicated that Diploma Year 2 students scored the highest (Mean = 58.47), while Degree Year 1 students scored the lowest (Mean = 54.75) in the level of procrastination. Personality traits profiling consistently indicated that the most dominant personality trait of Diploma Year 2, Degree Year 1, 2 and 3 students is Neutral trait (Mean = 78.05, 80.75, 78.84 & 76.82); while the least dominant trait is Decisiveness (Mean = 67.48, 68.25, 69.89 & 68.33). The most dominant personality traits among male university students are Openness (Mean = 75.77), Decisiveness (Mean = 68.69) and Neutral (Mean = 78.48), while female university students are Analytical (Mean = 73.36) and Relational (Mean = 72.42). Meanwhile, male students scored slightly higher in procrastination (Mean = 58.25) as compared to females (Mean = 57.09). However, independent sample t-test indicated no significant gender differences in respondents’ level of academic procrastination [t (146) = .702, p > .05]. Finally, correlational analyses reported no significant associations between the five personality traits with procrastination behavior among university students. Future studies should explore on whether cultural differences may influence personality traits and the level of academic procrastination of university students.
Keywords
Personality, Traits, Procrastination
To cite this article
Chooi Seong Lai, Abdul Rahman bin Ahmad Badayai, Khartikka Chandrasekaran, Siew Yen Lee, Rubini Kulasingam, An Exploratory Study on Personality Traits and Procrastination Among University Students, American Journal of Applied Psychology. Special Issue: Psychology of University Students. Vol. 4, No. 3-1, 2015, pp. 21-26. doi: 10.11648/j.ajap.s.2015040301.14
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