Education and Human Sciences, College of (CEHS)


First Advisor

Rafael de Ayala

Date of this Version

Summer 8-2022


Minter, T. E. (2022) A Latent Class Analysis of Personality Traits with Educational Attainment [Master's Thesis, University of Nebraska].


A THESIS Presented to the Faculty of The Graduate College at the University of Nebraska In Partial Fulfillment of Requirements For the Degree of Master of Arts, Major: Educational Psychology, Under the Supervision of Professor Rafael J. de Ayala. Lincoln, Nebraska: August, 2022

Copyright © 2022 Tyler E. Minter


The five-factor model of personality (extraversion, agreeableness, conscientiousness, neuroticism, openness to experience) is an empirically based personality model that has been utilized in multiple psychological assessments. Recent works have found Block & Block’s (1980) three personality profiles (resilient, overcontrolled, undercontrolled) within the context of the five-factor model. This study performed a latent class analysis using a short FFM assessment from the SAPA project, a free online personality test. The intention of this study was to replicate the three personality profiles within the five-factor model. Four latent classes were included in the final solution. Two of the three personality profiles emerged in the latent class analysis. For the other two classes, one was found in other works and the other has not been found before to this author’s knowledge. Three other covariates were included in the analysis: gender, age, and educational attainment. Implications of the findings are discussed.

Advisor: Rafael J. de Ayala