Relation between Type of Personality and Academic Performance among Malaysian Health Sciences Students
Keywords:Personality, Academic performance, Malaysia
AbstractBackground: This study was carried out to determine the relationship between types of personality and level of academic performanceÂ among health sciences students in Malaysia.
Methods: A total number of 246 students were participated in thisÂ study. The questionnaire was distributed randomly from students ofÂ each semester. Data were entered and analyzed using PASW StatisticsÂ Version 18.0. Relationship between GPA and BFA were analyzed usingÂ the multiple linear regressions. The Spearmanâ€™s correlation, multiple linear regression were used in this study. Findings were presented withÂ adjusted OR, 95% CI and p-value.
Results: The majority of the study participants were single (98%),Â Malay (62.2%). This study revealed that the most dominant personality trait was openness (32.8 Â± 5.1) and the least dominant wasÂ neuroticism (23.9 Â± 4.4). Spearmanâ€™s correlation analysis showed thatÂ there was correlation between GPA and the following types of personality: openness (p=0.001), conscientiousness (p<0.001), extraversionÂ (p=0.018). Multiple linear regression analysis showed that opennessÂ and conscientiousness personalities were positively associated withÂ academic performance (p=0.047, p=0.036; respectively).
Conclusion: Our study, for the fist time, assessed the relationship between types of personality and level of academic performanceÂ among health sciences students in Malaysia. Openness and conscientiousness personalities were found to be positively associated with academic performance.
Psychiatry & Mental Health
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