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Table 8 Correlations between the Big Five traits and other variables

From: Personality traits, gender roles and sexual behaviours of young adult males

Big Five domain Neuroticism Extraversion Openness to experience Conscientiousness Agreeableness
r p r p r p r p r p
EF (n = 88) −0.17 NS 0.18 NS −0.12 NS 0.05 NS −0.13 NS
OF (n = 88) −0.08 NS 0.01 NS 0.11 NS −0.07 NS −0.13 NS
SD (n = 96) 0.07 NS 0.21* <0.05 0.16 NS −0.10 NS −0.14 NS
IS (n = 88) −0.02 NS 0.09 NS −0.03 NS 0.05 NS −0.14 NS
OS (n = 88) −0.23* <0.05 0.03 NS 0.03 NS 0.28** <0.01 0.04 NS
Femininity (n = 97) −0.13 NS 0.09 NS 0.01 NS 0.26** <0.01 0.25* <0.05
Masculinity (n = 97) −0.19 NS 0.39***a <0.001 0.21* <0.05 0.18 NS −0.22* <0.05
Sexual initiation (age) (n = 92) −0.15 NS −0.05 NS −0.12 NS 0.24* <0.05 0.19 NS
Time needed to ejaculate (min) (n = 91) −0.11 NS 0.01 NS 0.02 NS 0.08 NS −0.12 NS
Number of previous sexual partners (n = 96) 0.11 NS 0.18 NS 0.10 NS −0.17 NS −0.28** <0.01
No. of sexual encounters per month (n = 82) −0.11 NS 0.34** <0.01 0.12 NS 0.27* <0.05 0.25* <0.05
No. of sexual activities without penetration per month (n = 95) 0.26 <0.05 0.19 NS 0.18 NS −0.22* <0.05 −0.15 NS
No. of anal sex per month (n = 93) −0.39***a <0.001 −0.07 NS −0.05 NS 0.28** <0.01 0.19 NS
No. of oral sex per month (n = 92) 0.10 NS 0.31** <0.01 0.17 NS −0.01 NS −0.05 NS
No. of mutual masturbation with partner per month (n = 95) −0.10 NS 0.10 NS −0.04 NS 0.12 NS 0.21* <0.05
No. of masturbation per month (n = 93) 0.04 NS −0.05 NS 0.07 NS −0.30** <0.01 −0.25* <0.05
No. of orgasms per month (n = 94) −0.07 NS 0.26* <0.05 0.17 NS 0.10 NS 0.02 NS
No. of any sexual activity per month (n = 93) −0.17 NS 0.24* <0.05 0.10 NS 0.24* <0.05 0.14 NS
No. of satisfying sexual activities per month (n = 89) −0.20 NS 0.43***a <0.001 0.09 NS 0.31** <0.01 0.19 NS
Condom usage frequency (n = 94) 0.23* <0.05 −0.02 NS −0.08 NS −0.03 NS −0.09 NS
Coitus interruptus frequency (n = 94) 0.26* <0.05 0.18 NS 0.08 NS −0.36*** <0.001 −0.20 NS
Satisfaction with one’s body (n = 96) −0.52***a <0.001 0.08 NS −0.01 NS 0.43***a <0.001 0.26** <0.01
Satisfaction with self as a man (n = 97) −0.26** <0.01 0.18 NS 0.05 NS 0.13 NS 0.05 NS
Satisfaction with sexual life (n = 95) −0.22* <0.05 0.23* <0.05 0.32** <0.01 0.15 NS 0.12 NS
Self-acceptance (n = 97) −0.08 NS 0.01 NS 0.12 NS 0.17 NS 0.20* <0.05
Quality of relationship with a partner (n = 92) −0.23* <0.05 0.15 NS 0.28** <0.01 0.19 NS 0.26* <0.05
One’s attitude toward sexual activity (n = 97) −0.22* <0.05 0.14 NS 0.20 <0.05 0.17 NS 0.06 NS
Partner’s attitude toward sexual activity sex (n = 91) −0.25* <0.05 0.10 NS 0.34** <0.01 0.19 NS 0.09 NS
Erectile dysfunction (n = 95) 0.03 NS −0.23* <0.05 −0.02 NS −0.19 NS −0.02 NS
Premature ejaculation (n = 95) 0.06 NS −0.07 NS −0.04 NS −0.22* <0.05 −0.25* <0.05
Delayed ejaculation (n = 95) −0.06 NS 0.08 NS 0.01 NS −0.15 NS −0.08 NS
  1. The table shows correlations with the IIEF scales, stereotypical femininity and masculinity from the BSRI, frequency of sexual behaviours, measured attitudes and declared sexual problems. Different numbers of n for particular comparisons mean lack of given answer. Pearson’s r was used for: the IIEF and BSRI scales, sexual initiation age and time needed to ejaculate. Spearman’s rho was used for: frequency of sexual behaviours, attitudes and declared sexual problems
  2. IIEF abbreviations: EF erectile function, OF orgasmic function, SD sexual desire, IS intercourse satisfaction, OS overall satisfaction
  3. p < 0.06, ** p < 0.01, *** p < 0.001
  4. aMeans passing requirements of the Bonferroni correction (p < 0.0003226). In the IIEF eight subjects submitted that they were not sexually active in the past 4 weeks, so only SD was measured for them