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Personality Plasticity After Age 30

Title: Personality Plasticity After Age 30.
Name(s): Terracciano, Antonio, author
Costa, Paul, author
McCrae, Robert R., author
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Text
Issuance: serial
Date Issued: 2006
Physical Form: computer
online resource
Extent: 1 online resource
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: Rank-order consistency of personality traits increases from childhood to age 30. After that, different summaries of the literature predict a plateau at age 30, or at age 50, or a curvilinear peak in consistency at age 50. These predictions were evaluated at group and individual levels using longitudinal data from the Guilford-Zimmerman Temperament Survey and the Revised NEO Personality Inventory for periods of up to 42 years. Consistency declined toward a nonzero asymptote with increasing time interval. Although some scales showed increasing stability after age 30, the rank-order consistencies of the major dimensions and most facets of the Five-Factor Model were unrelated to age. Ipsative stability, assessed with the California Adult Q-Set, also was unrelated to age. These data strengthen claims of predominant personality stability after age 30.
Identifier: FSU_migr_geriatrics_faculty_publications-0032 (IID), 10.1177/0146167206288599 (DOI)
Keywords: Five-Factor Model, personality development, long-term stability, individual differences, life-span, older adults
Uncontrolled subjects: Adolescent, Adult, Aging, Child, Child, Preschool, Emotions, Female, Humans, MMPI, Middle Aged, Personality, Personality Inventory, Social Behavior
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Citation: Terracciano A, Costa PT Jr., & McCrae RR (2006). Personality plasticity after age 30. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 32, 999-1009.
Subject(s): Medical sciences
Social aspects
Social sciences
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Owner Institution: FSU
Is Part of Series: Department of Geriatrics Faculty Publications.
Is Part Of: Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin.
Issue: 8, 32

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