Examining Profiles of the Big Five and Sensation Seeking among Competitive Climbers

RUMBOLD, James, MADIGAN, Daniel J., MURTAGH-COX, Alice and JONES, Leighton (2021). Examining Profiles of the Big Five and Sensation Seeking among Competitive Climbers. Psychology of Sport and Exercise.

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    Abstract

    The present study sought to identify distinct personality profiles in competitive climbers (N = 331, Mean age = 29.85, SD = 10.92), and also sought to explore whether these climbers differed in their sensation seeking tendencies based on these personality profiles. Employing a cross-sectional design, participants completed measures of the big five personality dimensions (agreeableness; conscientiousness; extraversion; neuroticism; openness to experience) and sensation seeking (boredom susceptibility; experience seeking; disinhibition; thrill and adventure seeking). Latent profile analysis identified four distinct big five personality profiles (Curious and Impulsive; Emotionally Unstable; Healthy; and Measured and Compliant). MANCOVA and follow-up ANCOVAs demonstrated significant differences between the four personality profiles in relation to thrill and adventure seeking, experience seeking, and disinhibition. The findings suggest that the identification of distinct personality profiles using a person-centred approach is a useful way of distinguishing and optimizing typical behaviors and preferences in adventure sports in the future.

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    • We adopted a person-centred approach in examining competitive climbers’ personality • Big five personality and sensation seeking questionnaires were completed (N = 331) • Latent profile analysis (LPA) identified four distinct big five personality profiles • MANCOVA showed differences between the profiles on three sensation seeking subscales • LPA could support tailored programs to optimize participation in high-risk sports

    Item Type: Article
    Uncontrolled Keywords: adventure sport; climbing; latent profile analysis; personality; risk taking; Sport Sciences; 11 Medical and Health Sciences; 13 Education; 17 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
    Identification Number: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.psychsport.2021.101951
    SWORD Depositor: Symplectic Elements
    Depositing User: Symplectic Elements
    Date Deposited: 14 Apr 2021 12:01
    Last Modified: 18 May 2021 10:15
    URI: http://shura.shu.ac.uk/id/eprint/28513

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