Stability of personality in late life

B. Mooi, H. C. Comijs, A. T.F. Beekman, A. J.F.M. Kerkhof

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Abstract

The relation of aging and the stability of personality in late life is evaluated by a literature review. The findings of six longitudinal studies reveal that rank-order consistency continues into old age. The mean-level stability reveals a concave curve for 'neuroticism' with an increase after age 80, a decrease for 'extraversion', and an increase for 'agreeableness'. The methodological and conceptual issues of personality assessment with old adults can be resolved by using a self report scale which corresponds to the capacities and the lifestyle of older adults and by involving age related variables into analyses.

Translated title of the contributionStability of personality in late life
Original languageDutch
Pages (from-to)136-141
Number of pages6
JournalTijdschrift voor Gerontologie en Geriatrie
Volume37
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2006

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