PERSONALITY TRAITS, MORAL INTELLIGENCE AND SCHOOL VANDALISM AMONG IN-SCHOOL ADOLESCENTS
Keywords:Personality, moral intelligence, in-school adolescents, school vandalism
AbstractStudies linking personality characteristics and moral intelligence to school vandalism among in-school adolescents are relatively scarce. This present study examined the role of personality characteristics and moral intelligence in the adoption of school vandalism among Nigerian sample of in-school adolescents. A cross-sectional survey design was used to conduct this study with a sample of 346 (females = 50.6%, mean age =13.72 years, SD = 2.06) in-school adolescents at public and private secondary schools in Ibadan metropolis, Southwestern, Nigeria. Data were collected using the Personality Scale, Moral Intelligence Scale and the School Vandalism Scale. The results suggest that Big-Five, namely extraversion, agreeableness, conscientiousness, neuroticism and openness to experience significantly predicted school vandalism while moral intelligence also significantly predicted school vandalism of in-school adolescents. These findings suggest that personality disposition and moral intelligence influence school vandalism within the Nigerian context.
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