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Associations Between Personality Traits, Physical Activity Level, and Muscle Strength

Title: Associations Between Personality Traits, Physical Activity Level, and Muscle Strength.
Name(s): Tolea, Magdalena, author
Terracciano, Antonio, author
Simonsick, Eleanor M., author
Metter, E. Jeffrey, author
Costa, Paul, author
Ferrucci, Luigi, author
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Text
Issuance: serial
Date Issued: 2012
Physical Form: computer
online resource
Extent: 1 online resource
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: Associations among personality as measured by the Five Factor Model, physical activity, and muscle strength were assessed using data from the Baltimore Longitudinal Study of Aging (N = 1220, age: mean = 58, SD = 16). General linear modeling with adjustment for age, sex, race, and body mass index, and bootstrapping for mediation were used. We found neuroticism and most of its facets to negatively correlate with strength. The extraversion domain and its facets of warmth, activity, and positive-emotions were positively correlated with strength, independent of covariates. Mediation analysis results suggest that these associations are partly explained by physical activity level. Findings extend the evidence of an association between personality and physical function to its strength component and indicate health behavior as an important pathway.
Identifier: FSU_migr_geriatrics_faculty_publications-0009 (IID), 10.1016/j.jrp.2012.02.002 (DOI)
Keywords: agreeableness, extraversion, muscle strength, neuroticism, personality, physical activity
Note: Published in final edited form as: J Res Pers. 2012 June; 46(3): 264–270. doi: 10.1016/j.jrp.2012.02.002'>">10.1016/j.jrp.2012.02.002
Citation: Tolea M, Terracciano A, Simonsick EM, Metter J, Costa PT Jr., & Ferrucci L (2012). Associations between personality traits, physical activity level, and muscle strength. Journal of Research in Personality, 46, 264-270.
Subject(s): Human behavior
Mental health
Medical sciences
Social aspects
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Owner Institution: FSU
Is Part of Series: Department of Geriatrics Faculty Publications.
Is Part Of: Journal of Research in Personality.
Issue: 3, 46

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Tolea, M., Terracciano, A., Simonsick, E. M., Metter, E. J., Costa, P., & Ferrucci, L. (2012). Associations Between Personality Traits, Physical Activity Level, and Muscle Strength. Journal Of Research In Personality. Retrieved from