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Age differences in the relationship between the Big-Five personality traits and altruistic behavior

[Speaker] Kawamura, Yuta:1
[Co-author] Kusumi, Takashi:1
1:Kyoto University (Japan)

The present study investigated the relationship between personality traits and altruistic behavior toward family members, friends or acquaintances, and strangers. Public participants (Study 1: N = 416, age range 20-68) and university students (Study 2: N = 139) completed an online survey on the Big-Five personality traits and altruistic behavior. In Study 1, extraversion and agreeableness increased altruistic behavior toward all three types of recipients, conscientiousness decreased altruistic behavior toward friends and strangers, and openness increased altruistic behavior only toward strangers. However, in Study 2, conscientiousness increased altruistic behavior only toward family members, and agreeableness increased altruistic behavior only toward friends. The results of Study 2 are consistent with a previous study (Oda et al., 2014) that investigated the Big-Five personality traits and altruistic behavior among undergraduates. The relationship between personality traits and altruistic behavior among university students may be different than among the general public.
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