Abstract

Personality can be explored hierarchically with higher- and lower-order factors. Recent research suggests the personality hierarchy is comprised of higher-order Big Five traits with two lower-order factors per Big Five trait, termed aspects. There is a lack of research examining the relationship between these lower-order aspects and social anxiety (SA) severity. To better understand these relationships, 443 university undergraduate students (72.2% female; mean age = 20.48, SD = 4.64) completed the Big Five Aspects Scale (BFAS) and the Social Phobia and Anxiety Inventory- 23 (SPAI-23), and were retained following exclusionary criteria. Path analysis, covarying for sex, age, and general anxiety severity, was used to examine the relationship between social anxiety severity and the 10 aspect scores from the BFAS (i.e., volatility, withdrawal, compassion, politeness, industriousness, orderliness, enthusiasm, assertiveness, intelligence, openness). Significant relationships with SA severity were found for withdrawal (positive), orderliness (positive), enthusiasm (negative), and assertiveness (negative). Findings suggest that a unique pattern of lower-order personality is associated with SA severity. Further research is needed to clarify whether personality profiles differ according to diagnostic versus dimensional social anxiety.

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Graduation Date

2021

Semester

Fall

Advisor

Bedwell, Jeffrey

Degree

Master of Science (M.S.)

College

College of Sciences

Department

Psychology

Degree Program

Clinical Psychology

Format

application/pdf

Identifier

CFE0008903; DP0026182

URL

https://purls.library.ucf.edu/go/DP0026182

Language

English

Release Date

December 2021

Length of Campus-only Access

None

Access Status

Masters Thesis (Open Access)

Restricted to the UCF community until December 2021; it will then be open access.

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