Current Research in Psychology

Considering Competition Avoidant Individuals Via the Big Five Model

Richard M. Ryckman, Bill Thornton, Joel A. Gold and Shawn Collier

DOI : 10.3844/crpsp.2011.108.114

Current Research in Psychology

Volume 2, Issue 1

Pages 108-114


Problem statement: This study sought to increase our understanding of the personality characteristics of competition avoidant individuals by examining differential associations between the Big Five personality traits and competition avoidance. Approach: Participants (n = 169) completed a questionnaire set including relevant assessments, the Competition Avoidance Scale and the Five-Factor Model Inventory with subscales for Neuroticism, Extraversion, Openness to Experience, Conscientiousness and Agreeableness. Correlation and regression analyses examined the relationship between competitive orientation. Results: As predicted, results indicated that Neuroticism, Extraversion and Openness to Experience were all associated negatively with competition avoidance; thus, individuals higher on competition avoidance were more emotionally unstable, introverted and less open to experience than those who scored lower on the dimension. Agreeableness and Conscientiousness were unrelated to competition avoidance. Conclusion: Discussion considered the potential use of the competition avoidance scale by counselors and coaches as a diagnostic assessment to identify such individuals early in their academic and sports undertakings and enable support in these competitive environments.


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