Compliance and personality: the vulnerability of the unstable introvert
Article first published online: 14 MAY 2004
Copyright © 2004 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
European Journal of Personality
Volume 18, Issue 5, pages 435–443, July/August 2004
How to Cite
Gudjonsson, G. H., Sigurdsson, J. F., Bragason, O. O., Einarsson, E. and Valdimarsdottir, E. B. (2004), Compliance and personality: the vulnerability of the unstable introvert. Eur. J. Pers., 18: 435–443. doi: 10.1002/per.514
- Issue published online: 5 AUG 2004
- Article first published online: 14 MAY 2004
- Manuscript Accepted: 24 DEC 2003
- Manuscript Received: 12 NOV 2002
The aim of the study was to assess the relationship of compliance with Eysenck's three personality dimensions: psychoticism, extraversion, and neuroticism. Three groups of participants (prison inmates, college students, and university students) completed the Gudjonsson Compliance Scale (GCS) and the Eysenck Personality Questionnaire (EPQ). As predicted, compliance correlated positively with neuroticism and negatively with extraversion in all groups, whereas for psychoticism the correlation was positive among the prison inmates, negative for college students, and non-significant for university students. A quadrant analysis according to Eysenck's original two-dimensional framework (neuroticism–stability and introversion–extraversion) showed that compliance was highest among unstable introverts and lowest among stable extraverts. The findings are discussed in relation to recent work on person-type approaches. Copyright © 2004 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.