Article Title: Personality Traits and Communication Styles Among University Students

Author(s): Javeria Ahmed & Irum Naqvi

Institute(s): National Institute of Psychology, Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad.

Journal: Pakistan Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology, 2015, Vol. 13, No.2, 53-59

Correspondence Address: Javeria Ahmed, National Institute of Psychology, Quaid-i-Azam University, Pakistan. E-mail:


This study was aimed to explore the relationship between personality traits and communication styles among male and female university students. Moreover, the role of personality traits in the predictability of communication styles was also examined. Two instruments viz., NEO-Five Factor Inventory (NEO-FFI) (Costa & McCrae, 1992) and Communication Style Inventory (CSI) (de Vries, Bakker-Pieper, Konings, & Schouten, 2011) were used to assess personality traits and communication styles in students. The study was carried out in two phases. First phase was carried out to check the cultural appropriateness and difficulty level of CSI. The second phase focused to see the relationship between variables of study. The study was carried out on 98 men and 96 women. The results indicated that extraversion was positively related with expressiveness; neuroticism was positively related with emotionality and impression manipulativeness; openness to experience was positively related with questioningness; and conscientiousness was positively related with impression manipulativeness. Furthermore, results showed that women scored high on agreeableness and expressiveness while men scored high on preciseness in their communication style.

Keywords: personality traits, communication styles, CSI, gender, university students

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