Personality and health: A problem of convergent-discriminant validity

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Personality traits are shown to be associated with various health-related lifestyle aspects and health outcomes. The associations, however, tend to be weak and do not always replicate, which possibly points to their negligible importance. Yet there is an alternative interpretation for the somewhat elusive associations: it is plausible that personality traits are relevant for health-related behaviours and health in some developmental, environmental or health-risk conditions but not in others. As a result, it is perfectly sensible if the main effects tend to be small and non-replicable. This presentation claims that research on personality-health associations may often benefit from more precise hypotheses that explicitly incorporate the roles of developmental, environmental and other factors (e.g., genetic risk) in the associations. Examples of how personality traits may interact with demographic variables such as age and socioeconomic status in predicting health-related outcomes are discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 12 Jul 2012
Event16th European Conference on Personality (ECP16) - Trieste, Italy
Duration: 10 Jul 201214 Jul 2012


Conference16th European Conference on Personality (ECP16)


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