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Dalia Saleh, Lucia Romo, & Nathalie Camart

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Paris Nanterre University, Nanterre, France; Tishreen University, Latakia, Syria Paris Nanterre University, Nanterre, France; Centre Hospitalier Sainte Anne, Paris, France Paris Nanterre University, Nanterre, France

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Introduction and goal: Whilst considering attending university as a potentially stressful situation, and in order to highlight predictors of stress in students, our goal is to assess the link between perceived stress and personality traits in this population. Methodology: We used, via online questionnaires, the perceived stress scale (PSS 10) and the French Big Five Inventory (BFI-Fr). The population consists of French university students (n = 483, Average age = 20.23, σ = 1.99). Results: The results show that 86.3% of students from the sample suffer from anxiety and 79.3% display depressive symptoms according to the PSS-10 scale. The regression model (R² = 0.48, p < 0.000) shows that conscientiousness (β = -0.2; p = 0.0000) negatively predicts perceived stress, whereas extraversion (β = 0.07; p = 0.03) and neuroticism (β = 0.66; p = 0.0000) predict it positively. Conclusion: The fact that neuroticism and extraversion predict a high level of perceived stress, whereas consciousness predicts a low level of perceived stress in students allows us to consider using this data for preventative and educational approaches to counter stress in this population.

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personality traits, neuroticism, conscientiousness, perceived stress, student, university

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Dalia Saleh, Lucia Romo, & Nathalie Camart. (2017). Is Perceived Stress of French University Students Related to Personality Traits?. Psychology Research, 7(1), 42-49.

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