Correlates of personality trait levels and their changes in very old age: The Lothian Birth Cohort 1921

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We tested the associations between individual differences in the Big Five personality traits and their changes over the ninth decade of life and levels of and changes in cognitive functioning, physical fitness, and everyday functioning. Besides mean-level changes in personality traits, there were significant individual differences in their rates of change between ages 81 and 87. The changes in the Big Five traits were not strongly intercorrelated, suggesting little common influence on personality change. Lower IQ at age 79 predicted lower Intellect and higher Extraversion, and more decline in Conscientiousness from ages 81 to 87. Also, decreases in physical fitness were associated with declines in Conscientiousness. (C) 2012 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)271-278
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Research in Personality
Volume46
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2012

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