ERIC Number: EJ1088876
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 45
The Hierarchical Personality Structure of Aspiring Creative Writers
Maslej, Marta M.; Rain, Marina; Fong, Katrina; Oatley, Keith; Mar, Raymond A.
Creativity Research Journal, v26 n2 p192-202 2014
Empirical studies of personality traits in creative writers have demonstrated mixed findings, perhaps due to issues of sampling, measurement, and the reporting of statistical information. The goal of this study is to quantify the personality structure of aspiring creative writers according to a modern hierarchal model of trait personality. A sample of aspiring writers (n = 93) and nonwriters (n = 114) completed the Big Five inventory. Correlations with personality were carried out at three levels: the Big Five traits, the two higher-order factors (stability and plasticity), and the more detailed facet-level. Consistent with past research, creative writers scored higher on trait openness. Extending past work, the hierarchical analysis also revealed novel correlates for the higher-order meta-traits (stability and plasticity) and some of the lower-order facets (aesthetics, ideas, activity, assertiveness, and depression). Individuals with higher scores on agreeableness, stability, and assertiveness were less likely to be aspiring writers. The likelihood of being a writer also decreased with age. Taken together, these findings indicate that aspiring creative writers differ from nonwriters in trait personality, with differences emerging at all levels of the personality hierarchy.
Descriptors: Creative Writing, Personality Traits, Correlation, Hierarchical Linear Modeling, Scores, Undergraduate Students, Foreign Countries, Personality Measures, Writing Skills, Regression (Statistics), Gender Differences, Age Differences, Predictor Variables
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Canada
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: NEO Five Factor Inventory; NEO Personality Inventory