Personality differences in high risk sports participants and non-participants

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O'Hara, Christopher
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BA (Hons) in Psychology
Dublin Business School
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This study investigated the personality differences of 20 participants who participate in the high risk sport of high diving (males = 15, females = 5), and 20 members of the general public who do not (males = 10, females = 10. All participants completed the Eysenck Personality Questionnaire-Revised (short scale). The independent variable was I high risk sports participation. The dependant variable was the level ofpsychotocism, extraversion, and neuroticism. High risk sports participants scored significantly lower (x = 3.25) on levels of Neuroticism when compared to non-participants (x = 7.50) (F (1, 35) = 16.01, P < 0.001 , partial 112 = 0.10). High risk sports participants and non-participants showed similar scores on levels ofpsychotocism (x = 4.90) and extraversion (x = 8.32). In conclusion, the results indicate that the high risk sports participants were less neurotic than non-participants.