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Hitchhiking: associations with Big Five and emotional competences

Laborde, Sylvain, Gerlach, Sebastian and Vaughan, Robert S. ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-1573-7000 (2020) Hitchhiking: associations with Big Five and emotional competences. Psychological Reports. pp. 1-8.

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After a decrease in its practice, the interest in hitchhiking is currently renewed. However, so far, very little is known about the personality characteristics of hitchhikers. Consequently, the aim of this study was to investigate the associations between hitchhiking and personality traits, with the Big Five and emotional competences. Five hundred and seventy-eight travellers (452 hitchhikers, Mage=28.4 years old; and 126 non-hitchhikers, Mage=27.7 years old) took part in the study. Participants completed an online survey including hitchhiking behaviour, the Big Five Inventory, and the Profile for Emotional Competences. After controlling for sociodemographic factors, hitchhiking was found to be positively associated with openness, and negatively associated with neuroticism. No associations were found with emotional competences. These findings improve our understanding of the personality characteristics associated with hitchhiking, however longitudinal studies are required to understand how hitchhiking is related to personality.

Item Type: Article
Status: Published
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1177/0033294120953556
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology > BF698-698.9 Personality
School/Department: School of Education, Language and Psychology
URI: https://ray.yorksj.ac.uk/id/eprint/4732

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