Brescia Psychology Undergraduate Honours Theses

Date of Award

Spring 4-9-2019




Richard Shugar


This study investigated the influence of personality, specifically conscientiousness, on organ donation attitudes (ODA), organ donor status and future registration intentions in an exclusively female sample. Forty-four female undergraduate students completed five questionnaires which measured the following variables: The Big Five personality dimensions, religiousness, organ donation knowledge, organ donation attitudes, altruism, social desirability, self-reported donor status, and intent to register as an organ donor. The results found no significant effect of personality on donor status or intent. However, ODA and religiousness significantly influence donor status and intent in female university students. Results offer valuable insight for how health professionals and organ donor campaigns should target prospective donors. Future research is needed to address the gap between positive attitudes towards organ donation and the act of registration