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Perceived discrimination and personality development in adulthood.

Title: Perceived discrimination and personality development in adulthood.
Name(s): Sutin, Angelina R, author
Stephan, Yannick, author
Terracciano, Antonio, author
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Journal Article
Date Issued: 2016-01-01
Physical Form: computer
online resource
Extent: 1 online resource
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: Perceived discrimination is common and a significant source of stress that may have implications for personality development across adulthood. In this study, we examined whether experiences with discrimination were associated with maladaptive changes in the 5 major dimensions of personality using 2 longitudinal samples that differed in age and follow-up interval. In the Health and Retirement Study, participants who perceived discrimination increased in their tendency to experience negative emotions (neuroticism), decreased in their tendency to be trusting (agreeableness), and decreased in their tendency to be organized and disciplined (conscientiousness). These associations replicated using participants from the Midlife in the United States study. The findings indicate that social pathways, in addition to biological and developmental tasks, are important for adult personality development. (PsycINFO Database Record
Identifier: FSU_pmch_26501729 (IID), 10.1037/dev0000069 (DOI), PMC4941235 (PMCID), 26501729 (RID), 26501729 (EID), 2015-48441-001 (PII)
Grant Number: P01-AG020166, UL1 TR000427, U01 AG009740, M01 RR000865, UL1TR000427, U01AG009740, M01 RR023942, P01 AG020166, M01-RR00865, U19 AG051426, M01-RR023942
Publication Note: This NIH-funded author manuscript originally appeared in PubMed Central at
Subject(s): Aged
Aged, 80 and over
Anxiety Disorders
Health Surveys
Longitudinal Studies
Middle Aged
Personality Assessment/statistics & numerical data
Personality Development
Social Discrimination/psychology
United States
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Owner Institution: FSU
Is Part Of: Developmental psychology.
Issue: iss. 1, vol. 52

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Sutin, A. R., Stephan, Y., & Terracciano, A. (2016). Perceived discrimination and personality development in adulthood. Developmental Psychology. Retrieved from