Study between personality traits and character strengths in adolescents

  • Denise Martins DamettoEmail author
  • Ana Paula Porto Noronha


Personality traits and character strengths constructs share similar definitions, with elements that indicate some overlap between them, such as stability, interpretation and expression of feelings and thoughts. This study aimed to examine the relation between the Five-Factor Model of personality and character strengths in youth in Brazil. Also, the present study verified how discriminable personality traits and character strengths are from each other. Participated 832 high school students from public schools in Brazil, aged 14 to 18, 60.6% female. Results showed that the Conscientiousness trait was most associated with the character strengths of persistence, love of learning, leadership, prudence and self-regulation. The Agreeableness trait with kindness and forgiveness. The Openness trait with curiosity, creativity and beauty. The Neuroticism trait with self-regulation. The results of the present study indicate that the personality traits may be viewed as separate from the character strengths construct. Thus, our findings make it clear that the character strengths are not merely personality factors or personality traits.


Psychological assessment Positive psychology Big five Positive qualities 


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Ethical Approval

All procedures performed in this study involving human participants was in accordance with the Research Ethics Committee of a Brazilian private institution and with the 1964 Helsinki declaration and its later amendments or comparable ethical standards.

Conflict of Interest

On behalf of all authors, the corresponding author states that there is no conflict of interest.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Universidade São FranciscoCampinasBrazil
  2. 2.Positive Psychology ProgramThe University of British Columbia Okanagan CampusKelownaCanada

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