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Ann Anat. 2011 Mar;193(2):112-7. doi: 10.1016/j.aanat.2011.01.005. Epub 2011 Jan 26.

Personality and motivation for body donation.

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Centre for Thanatology, Faculty of Religious Studies, Radboud University Nijmegen, The Netherlands. s.bolt@rs.ru.nl

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

This study examines the relationship between motivation for body donation to science and personality characteristics using a body donor survey (N=759) conducted by the University Medical Centre Groningen (UMCG) in The Netherlands. The survey expands on anthropological studies that suggest an association between donor motivation and personality.

METHODS:

A structural equation model was used to investigate the relationship between personality and motivation for body donation.

FINDINGS:

The results show that, compared to society at large, body donors have a similar spectrum of personality characteristics. However, we found statistically significant positive relationships between donor motivation and Big Five personality traits. Together the personality traits explain between 5% and 15% of the variance in motivation for body donation.

CONCLUSIONS:

We argue that donor campaigns should not focus solely on altruistic motives, but should include the aspect of possible personal achievement by the donor. This is a fruitful starting point for approaching potential donors and anticipating their needs.

PMID:
21330124
DOI:
10.1016/j.aanat.2011.01.005
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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