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Viisi suurta persoonallisuuden piirrettä ja fyysinen aktiivisuus aikuisiässä : systemaattinen katsaus vuosilta 2013-2019 (2019)

Kekäläinen, T., Karvonen, J., & Kokko, K. (2019). Viisi suurta persoonallisuuden piirrettä ja fyysinen aktiivisuus aikuisiässä : systemaattinen katsaus vuosilta 2013-2019. Liikunta ja tiede, 56(6), 87-95. https://www.lts.fi/media/lts_vertaisarvioidut_tutkimusartikkelit/2019/lt_6_19_4-6_kekalainen_tutkimusartikkelit_lowres.pdf

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All authors or editorsKekäläinen, Tiia; Karvonen, Jenni; Kokko, Katja

Journal or seriesLiikunta ja tiede


Publication year2019


Issue number6

Pages range87-95

PublisherLiikuntatieteellinen seura

Place of PublicationHelsinki

Publication countryFinland

Publication languageFinnish

Persistent website addresshttps://www.lts.fi/media/lts_vertaisarvioidut_tutkimusartikkelit/2019/lt_6_19_4-6_kekalainen_tutkimusartikkelit_lowres.pdf

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Publication is parallel published (JYX)https://jyx.jyu.fi/handle/123456789/66932


Personality describes relatively stable individual differences in feeling, thinking and behaving. These differences may explain why some people are physically active and others are not. A common approach to investigating personality is to identify individual differences in personality traits by using the Five-Factor Model (also known as Big Five). These traits are extraversion, neuroticism, conscientiousness, openness, and agreeableness. Previous systematic reviews and meta-analyses have shown that extraversion, conscientiousness, and, to a lesser extent, openness are associated with higher levels of physical activity. Neuroticism has been linked to less physical activity. The purpose of this systematic review was to summarize the most recent studies, published since 2013, examining the relationship between personality traits and physical activity across different study designs and physical activity measurements. Six databases were searched and 26 original articles were selected for review. The results showed that extraversion was positively related to physical activity, especially moderate-to-vigorous physical activity. High neuroticism was linked to a higher risk of inactivity. Conscientiousness and openness were positively associated with physical activity, especially in longitudinal studies. The association of agreeableness with physical activity was inconsistent. Studies investigating accelerometer-based physical activity measurements, combinations of personality traits or facet-level personality measurements, gender differences, and studies conducted among Finnish populations are lacking. Moreover, the role of personality in intervention studies or choosing exercise types remains unclear. More research on the relationship between personality traits and physical activity is called for. This information could be used, for example, in the development of physical activity interventions.

Keywordspersonalityphysical activityphysical trainingimmobilityadults

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