Personality traits of high-risk sport participants: A meta-analysis

Desmond McEwan, Patrick Boudreau, Thomas Curran, Ryan E. Rhodes

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The purpose of this meta-analysis was to examine the relationships between personality traits and participation in high-risk sport. A total of 149 effect sizes from 39 eligible articles were obtained wherein the personality traits of high-risk sport participants were compared with either low-risk sport participants or individuals not engaged in any sport. Results revealed significant effect sizes in favor of the high-risk participants for sensation seeking, extraversion, and impulsivity. Significant effect sizes in favor of the comparator groups were found for neuroticism, telic dominance, and sensitivity to punishment. No significant differences were observed in psychoticism, sensitivity to reward, socialization, agreeableness, conscientiousness, or openness. The implications of these results and potential avenues of future research are highlighted.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)83-93
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Research in Personality
Early online date27 Feb 2019
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2019


  • Action sport
  • Adventure recreation
  • Big Five
  • Extreme sport
  • Personality
  • Sensation seeking
  • Sports

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Psychology(all)


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