The Big Five personality traits and perceptions of touch to intimate and nonintimate body regions

Sam Dorros, Alesia Hanzal, Chris Segrin

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This investigation tested whether (1) the Big Five personality traits contribute to favorable perceptions of touch from a relational partner, (2) participants' sex or personality better predicted positive perceptions of touch, and (3) perceptions of touch vary as a function of relationship satisfaction. A total of 305 participants aged 18-69 years completed self-report measures of reactions to touch, personality, and relationship satisfaction. Results showed that agreeableness was a significant predictor of positive perceptions of touch to both intimate and nonintimate body regions. Openness to experience was also a significant predictor in positive perceptions of touch to nonintimate body regions. Overall, personality was a stronger predictor of positive perceptions of touch than either biological sex or relationship satisfaction with the toucher.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1067-1073
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Research in Personality
Issue number4
StatePublished - Aug 1 2008



  • Big Five
  • Biological sex
  • Close relationship
  • Decoding touch
  • Interpreting Touch
  • Perceptions of touch
  • Personality traits
  • Relationship satisfaction
  • Romantic partners
  • Touch to intimate and nonintimate body regions

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Psychology(all)

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