Do students with dyslexia have a different personality profile as measured with the Big Five?
Tops, Wim × Verguts, Ellen Callens, Maaike Brysbaert, Marc #
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PLoS One vol:8 issue:5
Background: Few studies are available about the personality profile of higher education students with dyslexia and to
which extent this could be any different from their non-dyslexic peers.
Aims and Sample(s): To obtain empirical evidence, we compared the personality profile of a group of 100 Dutch-speaking
students with dyslexia with that of a control group of 100 students without learning disabilities.
Methods: The NEO-PI-R based on the Big Five in personality research was used.
Results and Conclusions: Our study showed no differences in the personality between both groups. This agrees with a
recent meta-analysis of English findings (Swanson & Hsieh, 2009), suggesting that students with dyslexia do not perceive
themselves differently than their non-dyslexic peers. Practical implications and directions for future research are considered.