Article Title: Personality Traits as Predictors of Interpersonal Difficulties in University Students in Pakistan

Author(s): Arif Nadeem, Zahid Mahmood, and Sadia Saleem

Institute(s): Institute of Clinical Psychology, University of Management and Technology

Journal: Pakistan Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology, 2018, Vol. 16, No.1, 3-9

Correspondence Address: Dr. Sadia Saleem Associate Professor, Institute of Clinical Psychology, University of Management and Technology, Lahore. Email Id: sadia.saleem@umt.edu.pk

Abstract

Personality traits are considered to be relatively enduring and stable components of personality which have become an area of keen interest for researchers in psychology. In the West, over the last few decades, considerable efforts have been put to find empirical evidence of the theorized association between personality traits and interpersonal problems. The current study was designed to investigate the relationship between personality traits and interpersonal difficulties in Pakistani students. A sample of 600 university students (48% men & 52% women) with age range of 17 – 25years (M = 20.79, SD = 1.67) was administered the Interpersonal Difficulties Scale and the Big Five Inventory. Analysis of the data revealed significant negative correlation between extraversion and interpersonal difficulties as well as between conscientiousness and interpersonal difficulties, while a significant positive correlation was found between neuroticism and interpersonal difficulties. Implications and suggestions for future researchers were discussed in terms of the collectivistic culture of Pakistan.

Key words: personality traits, interpersonal difficulties, university students, culture