PERSONALITY TRAITS AND RELIGIOSITY AS PREDICTORS OF GENERAL HEALTH AMONG BLOOD DONORS IN IBADAN.

O R FAWOROJA, R OGUNTAYO, O A POPOOLA, D O FAGBAMILA, J T OYELEKE, A S OPAYEMI

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This study investigated personality traits and religiosity as predictors of general health among blood donors in Ibadan. It adopted expost facto design. The independent variables are Personality traits and religiosity while dependent variable is general health. The study was conducted in Ibadan city. Purposive sampling technique was used to sample 260 participants consisting of 112 males, 138 females and 10 participants who indicated not their sex responded to questionnaire of Big Five Personality Inventory of Gerlitz and Schupp (2005), The Daily Spiritual Experience and Religiosity Scale (DSER) developed by Underwood and Teresi (2002), and Goldberg and Hillier (1979)’s General Health Questionnaire (GHQ-28). Mean scores, frequencies, percentages, Pearson's correlation and regression were used for analysis. The results disclosed that personality as a whole does influence general health among individual blood donors(R = .454; R2 =.206; F (5,252) = 1924.161; P<.01). Also, religiosity predicts the level of general health among individual blood donors in Ibadan city t(256) = 5.057; P<.01). The implication of these findings is to inform Federal government of Nigeria and the global society about how to educate individuals on how to manage general health considering psychosocial factors and the family setting.


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Personality Traits, Religiosity, General Health, Blood Donors, Ibadan

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