The Big Five Inventory (BFI)

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					This study consists of an online survey about birth order and personality characteristics, which you may
now participate in. You will receive credit immediately upon completion of the survey.

This study should take no more than 30 minutes to complete. Your responses will be anonymous and
your name will not be connected to your data. Please try to answer all questions as honestly as you can.

The survey consists of a number of multiple-choice and/or free-answer questions, and may be divided into
a number of sections. You must complete all sections in one sitting, as you are not allowed to resume at
another time from where you left off.

While you are participating, your responses will be stored in a temporary holding area as you move
through the sections, but they will not be permanently saved until you complete all sections and you are
given a chance to review your responses.


Questions for Birth Order Survey/Demographics

1. Are you apart of a blended family?

           Yes     No

2. How many male siblings do you have:

           0       1      2        3      4 or more

3. How many female siblings do you have:

           0       1      2        3      4 or more

4. Are you:

           Oldest child   In the middle            Youngest child                    Only Child

5. Please list your age, your siblings age, and whether they are your brother or sister.


1. Please mark your gender:

           Male           Female

2. Age: _______________

3. Year:

           Freshman       Sophomore       Junior           Senior           Non-Graduating Senior
4. Major: ______________________________________
                                        The Big Five Inventory (BFI)

Here are a number of characteristics that may or may not apply to you. For example, do you agree that
you are someone who likes to spend time with others? Please write a number next to each statement to
indicate the extent to which you agree or disagree with that statement.

Disagree strongly- 1
Disagree a little- 2
Neither agree nor disagree- 3
Agree a little- 4
Agree strongly- 5

I see myself as someone who

___1. Is talkative                                        ___23. Tends to be lazy

___2. Tends to find fault with others              __24. Is emotionally stable, not easily upset

___3. Does a thorough job                                 ___25. Is inventive

___4. Is depressed, blue                          ___26. Has an assertive personality

___5. Is original, comes up with new ideas                ___27. Can be cold and aloof

___6. Is reserved                                         ___28. Perseveres until the task is finished

___7. Is helpful and unselfish with others                ___29. Can be moody

___8. Can be somewhat careless                    ___30. Values artistic, aesthetic experiences

___9. Is relaxed, handles stress well             ___31. Is sometimes shy, inhibited

___10. Is curious about many different things     ___32. Is considerate and kind to almost everyone

___11. Is full of energy                          ___33. Does things efficiently

___12. Starts quarrels with others                        ___34. Remains calm in tense situations

___13. Is a reliable worker                               ___35. Prefers work that is routine

___14. Can be tense                               ___36. Is outgoing, sociable

___15. Is ingenious, a deep thinker                       ___37. Is sometimes rude to others

___16. Generates a lot of enthusiasm              ___38. Makes plans and follows through with them

___17. Has a forgiving nature                     ___39. Gets nervous easily

___18. Tends to be disorganized                   ___40. Likes to reflect, play with ideas

___19. Worries a lot                              ___41. Has few artistic interests
___20. Has an active imagination                                ___42. Likes to cooperate with others

___21. Tends to be quiet                                        ___43. Is easily distracted

___22. Is generally trusting                        ___44. Is sophisticated in art, music, or literature

BFI scale scoring (“R” denotes reverse-scored items):
Extraversion: 1, 6R, 11, 16, 21R, 26, 31R, 36
Agreeableness: 2R, 7, 12R, 17, 22, 27R, 32, 37R, 42
Conscientiousness: 3, 8R, 13, 18R, 23R, 28, 33, 38, 43R
Neuroticism: 4, 9R, 14, 19, 24R, 29, 34R, 39
Openness: 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 35R, 40, 41R, 44



    1. I feel that I’m a person of worth, at least on an equal plane with others.
Strongly Agree Agree              Disagree          Strongly Disagree

    2. I feel that I have a number of good qualities.
Strongly Agree Agree              Disagree          Strongly Disagree

    3. All in all, I am inclined to feel that I am a failure.
Strongly Agree Agree              Disagree          Strongly Disagree

    4. I am able to do things as well as most other people.
Strongly Agree Agree              Disagree          Strongly Disagree

    5. I feel I do not have much to be proud of.
Strongly Agree Agree              Disagree          Strongly Disagree

    6. I take a positive attitude toward myself.
Strongly Agree Agree              Disagree          Strongly Disagree

    7. On the whole, I am satisfied with myself.
Strongly Agree Agree              Disagree          Strongly Disagree
    8. I wish I could have more respect for myself.
Strongly Agree Agree              Disagree         Strongly Disagree

    9. I certainly feel useless at times.
Strongly Agree Agree              Disagree         Strongly Disagree

    10. At times I think I am no good at all.
Strongly Agree Agree              Disagree         Strongly Disagree

This study was conducted by students in Psychology Research 202 under the supervision of the instructor,
Dr. Pamela Jackson and Paige Cordial the G.T.A. The purpose of our survey was to attempt to compare
individual birth order with personality characteristics and self esteem.

A couple of references are provided below in case you would like more information about this topic. If
you are interested in the results from this particular study, or if at some point in the future you have any
questions or concerns about the experiment you just participated in, please contact the Instructor, Pam
Jackson, or the Graduate Researcher, Paige Cordial.

We really appreciate your participation. Thank You!


Schwab, M. R., & Lundgren, D. C. (1978). Birth order, perceived appraisals by significant others, and
self-esteem. Psychological Report, 43(2), 443-454.

Perlin, M., & Grater, H. (1984). The relationship between birth order and reported interpersonal behavior.
Individual Psychology, 40(1), 22-28.

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