Master's Theses

Date of Award

Spring 2000

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)




Kenneth Olson


The present study examined the relationships between personality traits, as measured by the NEO PI-R, motives, as measured by the Reiss Profiles, and sociosexuality, as measured by the SOI-R. Previous research has examined relationships between sociosexuality and NEO PI-R domains, but not NEO PI-R facets (subscales). Previous research has also not examined relationships between fundamental motives and sociosexuality. Participants completed the NEO PI-R in class as fulfillment of a course requirement in General Psychology, and the Reiss Profile and SOI-R were completed during a separate session for which they received extra credit in their General Psychology course. Results indicated that overall NEO PI-R domains and overall NEO PI-R facets were significant predictors of sociosexuality as well as overall Motives. Also, results indicated that several individual domains and facets were significant predictors of sociosexuality, as were three individual motives. The domains Extraversion, Agreeableness, and Conscientiousness were significant predictors of sociosexuality, as were the facets N5: Impulsiveness, E2: Gregariousness. E5: Excitement Seeking, 06: Values. A2: Straight forwardness. A4: Compliance. A5: Modesty. C3: Dutifulness. C4: Achievement Striving, and C6: Deliberation. Also found to be significant predictors of sociosexuality were the individual motives Sex, Vengeance, and Food.


Copyright 2000 Dale A. Weber


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