Counseling and Human Services
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
Date of Award
Big Five model
Proquest Document ID
St. Mary's University (San Antonio, Texas)
Size or duration
vi, 70 pages
Students pursuing careers in substance abuse counseling may have higher rates of substance abuse histories than the general student body Previous research has shown that substance abuse is negatively correlated with Conscientiousness, yet academic success is positively correlated with Conscientiousness. This may put them at risk for academic difficulties. There is no previous research that has investigated the links betwe en personality traits, substance abuse history, and academic success. This study investigated the correlations between personality, substance abuse history, and academic success with 103 participants from an addict ion counseling program at a community college in South Texas. The Big Five Inventory (BFI) was used to assess Conscientiousness, Extraversion, Neuroticism, Openness, and Agreeableness. Academic success was me asured using self-reported GPA. Questions pertaining to substance abuse history were included. Results indicated that the obtained means of the variables for Openness to Experience, Conscientiousness, Extraversi on, Agreeableness, and Neuroticism were extreme. Practical implications of the findings and directions for future research are discussed.
Myers, Christi D., "The big five inventory, substance abuse history, and academic success among students majoring in substance abuse counseling" (2019). Theses & Dissertations. 31.
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