Impulsivity and its relationship with extraversion and self esteem in college students

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Smith, Brogan
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BA (Hons) in Psychology
Dublin Business School
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The present study investigated the possible relationships between impulsivity, self-esteem and extraversion and aimed to identify a difference across age groups in each using a quantitative mixed method design. The Eysenck Personality Questionnaire-Revised, Rosenberg Self-Esteem Scale and Barratt Impulsiveness Scale were administered to 104 college students, 61 aged 18-25 and 43 aged 26+. The results found the 18-25 group to have significantly higher extraversion and impulsivity levels than the 26+ group and no significant difference with self-esteem levels. Positive significant relationships were established between impulsivity and extraversion as well as extraversion and self-esteem showing that as one rises or falls so does the other. A negative significant relationship between self-esteem and impulsivity showed as one falls the other rises and vice versa. Author keywords: Impulsivity, impulses, extraversion, introversion, self esteem