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Who gives a veg? Relations between personality and Vegetarianism/Veganism.
Appetite. 2021 08 01; 163:105195.A

Abstract

With rates of vegetarianism and veganism (i.e., veg*nism) rising around the world, a growing body of research has begun to explore psychological characteristics that distinguish vegetarians and vegans from omnivores. However, relatively few studies have examined how veg*nism is related to differences in basic personality traits such as the "Big Five", with those that have tending to yield conflicting results. Moreover, none of these studies have examined personality at the lower levels of the personality trait hierarchy (i.e., aspects and facets of the Big Five). Thus, we sought to clarify how personality traits are related to veg*nism. In Study 1, comprising two samples (S1a: N = 797, S1b: N = 1534), participants were categorised as Veg*n vs Restricted-omnivore vs Omnivore, and completed personality questionnaires at the domain and aspect levels of the Big Five. In Study 2, participants (N = 562) completed both categorical and continuous measures of veg*nism, along with personality questionnaires at the domain, aspect, and facet levels. Across both studies, we found that people who scored higher on traits within the openness/intellect and agreeableness domains most consistently reported higher levels of veg*nism. Patterns in the data also suggested that the relation between personality and veg*nism might depend on the way veg*nism is measured. Theoretical and practical implications of these findings are discussed.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences, University of Melbourne, Australia. Electronic address: Nicholast3@student.unimelb.edu.au.Department of Psychology, University of Otago, New Zealand.Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences, University of Melbourne, Australia.Department of Psychology, University of Edinburgh, UK.Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences, University of Melbourne, Australia.

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article
Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

Language

eng

PubMed ID

33705890

Citation

Tan, Nicholas P., et al. "Who Gives a Veg? Relations Between Personality and Vegetarianism/Veganism." Appetite, vol. 163, 2021, p. 105195.
Tan NP, Conner TS, Sun H, et al. Who gives a veg? Relations between personality and Vegetarianism/Veganism. Appetite. 2021;163:105195.
Tan, N. P., Conner, T. S., Sun, H., Loughnan, S., & Smillie, L. D. (2021). Who gives a veg? Relations between personality and Vegetarianism/Veganism. Appetite, 163, 105195. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.appet.2021.105195
Tan NP, et al. Who Gives a Veg? Relations Between Personality and Vegetarianism/Veganism. Appetite. 2021 08 1;163:105195. PubMed PMID: 33705890.
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TY - JOUR T1 - Who gives a veg? Relations between personality and Vegetarianism/Veganism. AU - Tan,Nicholas P, AU - Conner,Tamlin S, AU - Sun,Haisu, AU - Loughnan,Steven, AU - Smillie,Luke D, Y1 - 2021/03/08/ PY - 2020/08/22/received PY - 2021/03/04/revised PY - 2021/03/05/accepted PY - 2021/3/12/pubmed PY - 2021/6/29/medline PY - 2021/3/11/entrez KW - Agreeableness KW - Openness/intellect KW - Personality KW - Veganism KW - Vegetarianism SP - 105195 EP - 105195 JF - Appetite JO - Appetite VL - 163 N2 - With rates of vegetarianism and veganism (i.e., veg*nism) rising around the world, a growing body of research has begun to explore psychological characteristics that distinguish vegetarians and vegans from omnivores. However, relatively few studies have examined how veg*nism is related to differences in basic personality traits such as the "Big Five", with those that have tending to yield conflicting results. Moreover, none of these studies have examined personality at the lower levels of the personality trait hierarchy (i.e., aspects and facets of the Big Five). Thus, we sought to clarify how personality traits are related to veg*nism. In Study 1, comprising two samples (S1a: N = 797, S1b: N = 1534), participants were categorised as Veg*n vs Restricted-omnivore vs Omnivore, and completed personality questionnaires at the domain and aspect levels of the Big Five. In Study 2, participants (N = 562) completed both categorical and continuous measures of veg*nism, along with personality questionnaires at the domain, aspect, and facet levels. Across both studies, we found that people who scored higher on traits within the openness/intellect and agreeableness domains most consistently reported higher levels of veg*nism. Patterns in the data also suggested that the relation between personality and veg*nism might depend on the way veg*nism is measured. Theoretical and practical implications of these findings are discussed. SN - 1095-8304 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/33705890/Who_gives_a_veg_Relations_between_personality_and_Vegetarianism/Veganism_ L2 - https://linkinghub.elsevier.com/retrieve/pii/S0195-6663(21)00102-1 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -