Personality Characteristics of Dental Students in Relation to their Academic Performance


  • Afroza Hoque Lecturer Dental Pharmacology, Pioneer Dental College
  • Iffat Ara Associate Professor Department of Gynaecology & Obstetrics, Dhaka medical college;
  • Humayun Kabir Talukder Associated Professor (Teaching methodology) & Course Co-ordinator, Center for Medical Education (CME)
  • Sakhawat Hossain Professor of neurology, CME
  • Abu Rushid Md Mashrur Dental surgeon Upazilla health complex, Patiya, Chittagong
  • SMS Azad Assistant Professor of Science of Dental Material, Mandy Dental college.
  • Md Salahuddin Assistant Professor of ENT
  • N Akhter Assistant professor Gyane & Obs, SSMC



Personality, Academic performance, Big Five Inventory, Extraversion, Agreeableness, Conscientiousness, Neuroticism, Openness


This cross sectional descriptive study was carried out to explore the relationship between the personality variables and academic performance of dental student. The study population was dental students. Study was carried out at one government and three non-government dental colleges. Sample size was 200 and sampling technique was purposive. Data was collected by self administered structured questionnaire. Academic performance data for each respondent were collected throughout the one academic year (2nd year) in dental students files. It was measured by two term examination marks of four subjects based on 1 hour 30 minutes written exams. Personality of dental student was assessed through the Big Five Inventory (BFI). This well-established questionnaire was a 44-item measure of the Big Five personality factors: Extraversion, Agreeableness, Conscientiousness, Neuroticism, and Openness. The self administered items involve questions about typical behaviours or reactions, which was answered on a five-point Likert scale. This study revealed that there was no statistically significant relationship between students personality characteristics and academic performance of dental students. Extraversion, neuroticism and openness had negative correlation with academic performance though it was not statistically significant. So, for better performance afore mention factors should be minimized as much as possible.


Bangladesh Journal of Medical Education Vol.1(1) 2010 pp.1-7


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Hoque, A., Ara, I., Talukder, H. K., Hossain, S., Mashrur, A. R. M., Azad, S., Salahuddin, M., & Akhter, N. (2012). Personality Characteristics of Dental Students in Relation to their Academic Performance. Bangladesh Journal of Medical Education, 1(1), 1–7.