Resilience and Big Five personality traits: A meta-analysis

Atsushi Oshio*, Kanako Taku, Mari Hirano, Gul Saeed

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The current review synthesized studies investigating the relationships between resilience and Big Five personality traits and aimed to investigate how the relationships vary according to the two types of resiliency, psychological resilience and ego-resiliency. Thirty studies with a total sample size of 15,609 met the inclusion criteria to be used for the current meta-analysis. Results indicated that overall, estimated average correlation coefficients for resilience were: r = −0.46 with Neuroticism, r = 0.42 for Extraversion, r = 0.34 for Openness, r = 0.31 for Agreeableness, and r = 0.42 for Conscientiousness. When comparing the differences between the two types of resiliency, a stronger negative relationship with Neuroticism, and stronger positive relationships with Openness and Agreeableness were obtained with ego-resiliency, compared with trait resilience. However, there was a lack of homogeneity in effect sizes across studies especially for ego-resilience. Directions for future research regarding resilience and the limitations of present research are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)54-60
Number of pages7
JournalPersonality and Individual Differences
Publication statusPublished - 2018 Jun 1


  • Big Five
  • Ego-resiliency
  • Meta-analysis
  • Personality
  • Trait resilience

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology(all)


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