Quick Search:

uzh logo
Browse by:
bullet
bullet
bullet
bullet

Zurich Open Repository and Archive

Permanent URL to this publication: http://dx.doi.org/10.5167/uzh-38342

Allemand, Mathias; Gomez, V; Jackson, J J (2010). Personality trait development in midlife: exploring the impact of psychological turning points. European Journal of Ageing, 7(3):147-155.

[img]
Preview
Accepted Version
PDF
1MB

View at publisher

Abstract

This study examined long-term personality trait development in midlife and explored the impact of psychological turning points on personality change. Selfdefined psychological turning points reflect major changes in the ways people think or feel about an important part of their life, such as work, family, and beliefs about themselves and about the world. This study used longitudinal data from the Midlife in the US survey to examine personality trait development in adults aged 40–60 years. The Big Five traits were assessed in 1995 and 2005 by means of self-descriptive adjectives. Seven types of self-identified psychological turning points were obtained in 1995. Results indicated relatively high stability with respect to rankorders and mean-levels of personality traits, and at the same time reliable individual differences in change. This implies that despite the relative stability of personality traits in the overall sample, some individuals show systematic deviations from the sample mean-levels. Psychological turning points in general showed very little influence on personality trait change, although some effects were found for specific types of turning points that warrant further research, such as discovering that a close friend or relative was a much better person than one thought they were.

Citations

7 citations in Web of Science®
6 citations in Scopus®
Google Scholar™

Altmetrics

Downloads

197 downloads since deposited on 03 Nov 2010
65 downloads since 12 months

Detailed statistics

Additional indexing

Item Type:Journal Article, not refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of Psychology
Dewey Decimal Classification:150 Psychology
Date:2010
Deposited On:03 Nov 2010 09:52
Last Modified:12 Jan 2015 15:12
Publisher:Springer
ISSN:1613-9372
Additional Information:The original publication is available at www.springerlink.com.
Publisher DOI:10.1007/s10433-010-0158-0
Official URL:http://www.springerlink.com/content/j8m7178702101m52/

Users (please log in): suggest update or correction for this item

Repository Staff Only: item control page