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Personality Development in Adulthood and Old Age


Allemand, Mathias; Aschwanden, Damaris; Martin, A; Grünenfelder-Steiger, Andrea E (2017). Personality Development in Adulthood and Old Age. In: Stein, J. Reference Module in Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Psychology. San Diego: Elsevier, epub.

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In this article we give an overview about theoretical and empirical work on personality development in adulthood and old age from a lifespan development perspective. We first introduce personality traits as the units of analysis for this review. Then we argue that the lifespan development perspective exhibits a helpful theoretical background for the scientific study of personality development. Specifically, we make the case that personality development is a lifelong process that is not completed at a specific age or life period. Furthermore, we give an overview of empirical research on personality trait development in adulthood and old age by means of six different types of change and stability. Finally, we conclude with discussion of future directions.

Abstract

In this article we give an overview about theoretical and empirical work on personality development in adulthood and old age from a lifespan development perspective. We first introduce personality traits as the units of analysis for this review. Then we argue that the lifespan development perspective exhibits a helpful theoretical background for the scientific study of personality development. Specifically, we make the case that personality development is a lifelong process that is not completed at a specific age or life period. Furthermore, we give an overview of empirical research on personality trait development in adulthood and old age by means of six different types of change and stability. Finally, we conclude with discussion of future directions.

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Item Type:Book Section, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of Psychology
08 University Research Priority Programs > Dynamics of Healthy Aging
Dewey Decimal Classification:150 Psychology
Date:2017
Deposited On:07 Mar 2017 09:17
Last Modified:07 Mar 2017 09:17
Publisher:Elsevier
ISBN:9780128093245
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/B978-0-12-809324-5.06518-4

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