The Contribution of Personality to the Ability to Board a Life Raft


  1. Filardo, E-A.
  2. Pickering, D.I.
  3. Thompson, M.M.
Corporate Authors
Defence R&D Canada - Toronto, Toronto ONT (CAN)
This report examines the extent to which personality characteristics, specifically extroversion, neuroticism, and conscientiousness, determine a person’s ability to board a life raft, above what would be predicted by physical characteristics alone. Forty-eight healthy male and female participants attempted three different life raft boarding techniques after having completed measures of both physical and personality characteristics. Participants attempted to board using a ramp, a rope ladder, and unaided, over the side of the life raft. Hierarchical regression analyses indicated that none of the personality variables were significant predictors of time to enter the life raft over and above the effect of participants’ height. With regards to the effort expended in attempting to board the life raft, neuroticism contributed to the prediction of effort in the over the side entry. There was also a trend suggesting that extroversion might play a role in effort expended in attempting to board using the ramp technique, the entry method seen as requiring the least amount of effort by both participants and objective raters. Future studies might investigate the role of personality in emergency situations that involve more realistic settings and that are not as dominated by physical attributes as in the present case of the life raft entry, such as exiting a burning building or responding to a medical crisis.

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extroversion;neuroticism;conscientiousness;life raft boarding time;life raft boarding effort
Report Number
DRDC-TORONTO-TR-2005-265 — Technical Report
Date of publication
22 Nov 2005
Number of Pages
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