A longitudinal study of physical activity and personality in the wellbeing of older adults

Bill Cheuk Long Chan, Michelle Luciano, Billy Lee

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Objective: This study examines the interactions of physical activity and personality traits in the subjective wellbeing (SWB) of older adults.
Methods: 520 Scottish participants (262 male; 258 female) completed self-reported surveys measuring their level of physical activity, personality, and SWB in 2011–2013 (mean age = 76.23 ± .68) and in 2014–2016 (mean age = 79.31 ± .62).
Results: While all of the Big Five personality traits predicted SWB across the 3-year period in the expected direction, neither physical activity nor its joint effect with any of the personality traits was a significant predictor of subsequent SWB.
Discussion: Further research on older adults with higher variation in age, exercise level, and cultural background is needed to disentangle how physical activity and personality influence SWB.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Aging and Health
Early online date14 Oct 2023
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 14 Oct 2023

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • Lothian Birth Cohort
  • moderation analysis
  • personality traits
  • subjective wellbeing

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