The Big Five related to risky sexual behaviour across 10 world regions: differential personality associations of sexual promiscuity and relationship infidelity
Article first published online: 11 JUN 2004
Copyright © 2004 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
European Journal of Personality
Special Issue: Personality and Social Relations
Volume 18, Issue 4, pages 301–319, June 2004
How to Cite
Schmitt, D. P. (2004), The Big Five related to risky sexual behaviour across 10 world regions: differential personality associations of sexual promiscuity and relationship infidelity. Eur. J. Pers., 18: 301–319. doi: 10.1002/per.520
- Issue published online: 11 JUN 2004
- Article first published online: 11 JUN 2004
- Manuscript Accepted: 18 DEC 2003
- Manuscript Received: 9 SEP 2003
As part of the International Sexuality Description Project, 16 362 participants from 52 nations responded to measures of the Big Five and ‘risky’ sexuality. It was expected that low levels of agreeableness and conscientiousness would be universally associated with relationship infidelity. Sexual promiscuity, in contrast, was expected to positively relate to extraversion and neuroticism. Analyses across 10 world regions revealed relationship infidelity was universally associated with low agreeableness and low conscientiousness. Sexual promiscuity was somewhat related to these traits as well, but was more highly related to extraversion across many, but not all, world regions. Both forms of risky sexual behaviour were generally unrelated to neuroticism and openness across cultures. Discussion focuses on possible explanations of regional differences in personality–sexuality linkages. Copyright © 2004 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.