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Front. Psychol., 20 September 2018 |

Corrigendum: The Role of Personality Traits in Young Adult Fruit and Vegetable Consumption

Tamlin S. Conner1*, Laura M. Thompson2, Rachel L. Knight1, Jayde A. M. Flett1, Aimee C. Richardson1 and Kate L. Brookie1
  • 1Department of Psychology, University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand
  • 2Department of Psychological Medicine, University of Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand

A Corrigendum on
The Role of Personality Traits in Young Adult Fruit and Vegetable Consumption

by Conner, T. S., Thompson, L. M., Knight, R., Flett, J. A. M., Richardson, A. C., and Brookie, K. L. (2017). Front. Psychol. 8:119. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2017.00119

In the original article, there was a mistake in Table 1 and Table 3 as published. The statistics for Openness and Conscientiousness were incorrect in Study 2 due to a coding error, which incorrectly labeled Openness as Conscientiousness and vice versa. The corrected Table 1 and Table 3 appear below. In addition corrections have been made in the following places:


Table 1. Participant characteristics and descriptive statistics for the two samples of young adults.


Table 3. Results of hierarchical regression analyses predicting young adults' fruit and vegetable consumption and unhealthy foods in Sample 2 (N = 792).

Methods, Data Preparation and Analysis, Paragraph 1

Results, Regression Results, Paragraphs 1 and 2

Results, Regression Results, Paragraphs 4 and 5

Discussion, Paragraph 1

Discussion, Paragraph 7

Methods, Data Preparation and Analysis, Paragraph 1

Excluded participants in Sample 2 were more likely to be male [χ2(1, N=827) = 7.41, p = 0.007], and score lower in conscientiousness [3.1 vs. 3.5; t(825) = −3.58, p < 0.001] and agreeableness [3.5 vs. 3.7; t(825) = −3.35, p = 0.001] than included participants.

Results, Regression Results, Paragraphs 1 and 2

In terms of serving sizes, young adults one standard deviation above the mean (+ 1 SD) in openness ate 0.26 and 0.26 more daily servings of fruit (Sample 1 and 2, respectively) and 0.38 and 0.36 more daily servings of vegetables (Sample 1 and 2, respectively) compared to participants one standard deviation below the mean (−1 SD) in openness.

Young adults + 1 SD above the mean in conscientiousness ate 0.22 more daily servings of fruit and 0.38 more daily servings of vegetables compared to participants −1 SD below the mean on conscientiousness.

Results, Regression Results, Paragraphs 4 and 5

The patterns for unhealthy foods were different and less consistent than the patterns for FV consumption. In Sample 1, openness predicted less consumption of potato chips. In Sample 2, conscientiousness and agreeableness predicted less consumption of fries and candy.

Neuroticism was associated with greater consumption of fries in men [b(SE) = 0.14 (0.05), t = 3.08, p = 0.002], but not in women [b(SE) = −0.03 (0.040), t = −1.04, p = 0.297], and conscientiousness was associated with less candy consumption in women [b(SE) = −0.13 (0.05), t = −2.907, p = 0.004] but not in men [b(SE) = 0.05 (0.06), t = 0.79, p = 0.429].

Discussion, Paragraph 1

These findings were specific to fruit and vegetables and mostly did not extend to unhealthy foods such as potato chips, French fries, and candy, although openness was associated with less consumption of potato chips in Sample 1.

Discussion, Paragraph 7

In fact, gender only moderated two out of 40 relationships tested (5 personality traits x 4 foods x 2 samples)—the association between neuroticism and fries (in men, higher neuroticism corresponded with more fries consumption) and the association between conscientiousness and candy (in women, higher conscientiousness corresponded with less candy consumption). Given the large number of moderation tests performed, we do not put too much weight on these two findings.

The authors apologize for this error and state that this does not change the scientific conclusions of the article in any substantive way.

The original article has been updated.

Conflict of Interest Statement

The authors declare that the research was conducted in the absence of any commercial or financial relationships that could be construed as a potential conflict of interest.

Keywords: personality, Mediterranean diet, health behaviors, daily diary methods, diet, young adult

Citation: Conner TS, Thompson LM, Knight RL, Flett JAM, Richardson AC and Brookie KL (2018) Corrigendum: The Role of Personality Traits in Young Adult Fruit and Vegetable Consumption. Front. Psychol. 9:1597. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2018.01597

Received: 17 July 2018; Accepted: 10 August 2018;
Published: 20 September 2018.

Edited and reviewed by: Caroline Braet, Ghent University, Belgium

Copyright © 2018 Conner, Thompson, Knight, Flett, Richardson and Brookie. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY). The use, distribution or reproduction in other forums is permitted, provided the original author(s) and the copyright owner(s) are credited and that the original publication in this journal is cited, in accordance with accepted academic practice. No use, distribution or reproduction is permitted which does not comply with these terms.

*Correspondence: Tamlin S. Conner,