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The role of personality traits in leisure time physical activity during COVID-19 pandemic (2021)

Kekäläinen, T., Sipilä, S., Saajanaho, M., & Kokko, K. (2021). The role of personality traits in leisure time physical activity during COVID-19 pandemic. Personality and Individual Differences, 182, Article 111080. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.paid.2021.111080

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All authors or editors: Kekäläinen, Tiia; Sipilä, Sarianna; Saajanaho, Milla; Kokko, Katja

Journal or series: Personality and Individual Differences

ISSN: 0191-8869

eISSN: 1873-3549

Publication year: 2021

Volume: 182

Article number: 111080

Publisher: Elsevier

Publication country: United Kingdom

Publication language: English

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.paid.2021.111080

Publication open access: Openly available

Publication channel open access: Partially open access channel

Publication is parallel published (JYX): https://jyx.jyu.fi/handle/123456789/76920


The COVID-19 pandemic has affected everyday life, including physical activity behavior. This study examined the role of the five factor model of personality traits on leisure time physical activity during the pandemic in a sample (n=168) of 61 year-old Finnish men and women, participating in a larger longitudinal study, between April 2020 and April 2021. Frequency of participation and changes in leisure time physical activity were self-reported. Personality traits and facets were assessed with the 181-item NEO-PI. Openness was the only factor positively associated with leisure time physical activity frequency. Participants scoring higher in extraversion (particularly the activity-facet) and lower in openness to values were more likely to report change in their physical activity. In conclusion, individual differences in traits appear to have played a role in physical activity behavior during the pandemic.

Keywords: personality; personality traits; physical activeness; exercise (people); leisure; pandemics

Free keywords: personality; trait; facet; pandemic; exercise

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Reporting Year: 2021

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