ANXIETY AND OTHER PERSONALITY TRAITS; CONSIDERING THE EFFECT OF GENDER
Asgari, Y., Hj Harun, L.M., Hj Mohamed, O.D.B., and Mohd Noah, S., University of Putra, Malaysia
The purpose of this study was to investigate the relationship between anxiety and other personality traits among males and females. The effect of gender in relation to anxiety and personality traits was assessed. State- Trait Anxiety Inventory (form Y) (1983) was used to assess anxiety trait and state and Eysenck Personality Questionnaire (1983) was used to assess personality traits. Subjects were 121 undergraduate students at University Putra Malaysia who were given State-Trait Anxiety Inventory (STAI) and Eysenck Personality Questionnaire (EPQ). Those who scored higher on neuroticism and lower on the extroversion were expected to have higher anxiety. The results supported the projected hypothesis and provided enough evidence to suggest that there was a relationship between students' anxiety (male and female) and personality traits and the other variables (such as; age, course of study and ethnicity). These results indicate that there is a relationship between neuroticism and anxiety in female more than male, and extroversion is negatively correlated with anxiety in male more than female as currently assessed.