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The Big Five Personality Traits And Risky Sport Participation

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Abstract:

The purpose in this study was to examine differences between risky sport participants and nonparticipants using the Big Five (McCrae & Costa, 1997) personality traits. The sample included 328 individuals ranging in age from 18 to 53 (M = 23.42 and SD = 3.98). The Five Factor Personality Inventory developed by Somer, Korkmaz, and Tatar (2002) was used to measure personality traits. The results showed that risky sport participants have significantly higher levels of extraversion and openness to experience and lower levels of conscientiousness and neuroticism. The measurement of Big Five personality traits might be a valuable means of estimating individuals' tendency to participate in adventure/risky sport, which in turn could be used to promote adventure/risky sport tourism.

Keywords: ADVENTURE SPORT TOURISM; BIG FIVE; RISK TAKING; RISKY SPORT TOURISM; SENSATION SEEKING; TOURIST BEHAVIOR

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.2224/sbp.2011.39.8.1105

Publication date: September 1, 2011

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