Potency of inter-personality and family demography in predicting other personality factors of university students in Anambra State, Eastern Nigeria (Biafra)

Okechukwu Nwankwo*, Paschal Kandilichukwu Officha, Gift Ohakwe, Ngozi Mbonu, Olofin Temidayo, Joy Ofoedu

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The study examined “potency of inter-personality and family demography in predicting other personality factors in Anambra State, Eastern Nigeria (Biafra)”. Objective is the likelihood of people’s behaviours and family demography predicting their other behaviours. Students (n=101) of Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University, Igbariam Campus, Anambra State, Eastern-Nigeria (Biafra), sampled using cluster and incidental techniques participated. Big-Five Personality Inventory of convergent validity .97 and Split-half reliability .75 was used. Cross-sectional and correlational designs, plus multivariate hierarchical regression were adopted. Findings: “Agreeableness” significantly predicted “conscientiousness”, and “negative emotionality”; “Conscientiousness” significantly predicted “negative emotionality”, and “open-mindedness”; “Birth order” significantly predicted family number of children; “Number of children”, “family socio-economy”, and “Christian denomination” were substantially non-significant negative predictors of personality; finally “Extraversion” was non-significant positive predictors of personality. More cross-cultural studies on the topic are recommended. Christian religion should re-appraise their personality shaping roles to be functionally effective.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-17
Number of pages17
JournalEuropean Journal of Educational and Development Psychology
Issue number3
Early online date29 Sept 2019
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2019


  • potency
  • personality
  • family-demography
  • Anambra-State
  • Eastern-Nigeria
  • Biafra

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