Personality traits and mediating variables in their relationship with the political participation of colleges students

Agostina Clara Peretti, Hugo H. Rabbia, Silvina Brussino

Abstract


The paper’s main goal is to validate a predictive theoretical model that analyzes the direct and indirect effects of personality factors (according to the Big Five Factors model) on political participation (PP), incorporating variables from the mediation hypothesis: political values, ideological self-placement, internal political efficacy and interest in politics. A questionnaire was applied to N=555 college students from Córdoba, Argentina, and bivariate correlations and path analysis were performed with the variables under study. The study confirms the direct relationship of Extraversion and ideological self-positioning with PP, although it shows that personality factors have mostly indirect effects on PP, mediated first by political values, then interest in politics, and finally the internal political efficacy

Keywords


POLITICAL PARTICIPATION, PERSONALITY TRAITS, POLITICAL VALUES, INTEREST IN POLITICS, INTERNAL POLITICAL EFFICACY, POLITICAL PSYCHOLOGY

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