Personality, emotional intelligence and exercise

Donald H Saklofske, Elizabeth J Austin, Betty A Rohr, Jac J W Andrews

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Abstract / Description of output

The associations of personality and self-report emotional intelligence (EI) with attitudes to exercise and self-reported exercise behaviour were investigated in a sample of 497 Canadian undergraduates. A positive attitude to exercise was negatively associated with Neuroticism and uncorrelated with other personality traits and EI. Exercise behaviour was positively associated with Extraversion and EI and negatively associated with Neuroticism. Structural equation modelling indicated that EI mediated the relationship between personality and exercise behaviour. The interpretation of this result in terms of EI having some properties of a coping style is discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)937-48
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Health Psychology
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2007

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Attitude to Health
  • Canada
  • Emotions
  • Exercise
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Intelligence
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Personality
  • Questionnaires


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