Investigating the big five personality factors and smoking: Implications for assessment

William G. Shadel, Daniel Cervone, Raymond Niaura, David B. Abrams

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Global personality dispositions may be important for understanding population-based individual differences in smoking outcomes, yet few studies have been executed using measures of these global dispositional constructs from the contemporary field of personality. This study explored whether the Big Five personality factors (Extraversion, Neuroticism, Agreeableness, Conscientiousness, and Intellect) were concurrently associated with key smoking (e.g., nicotine dependence, smoking rate, age at first cigarette) and cessation (e.g., self-efficacy to quit, motivation to quit, number of prior quit attempts, length of most recent quit) variables in a sample of regular smokers (n = 130). Of the 35 correlations computed, only 2 were significant: Intellect was positively correlated with motivation to quit and number of 24-hr quit attempts in the last year. These results have implications for using trait variables to study individual differences in smokers.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)185-191
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Psychopathology and Behavioral Assessment
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 2004


  • Five factor models
  • Nicotine dependence
  • Personality
  • Smoking
  • Traits

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology


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