Personality Trait Change Across Late Childhood to Young Adulthood: Evidence for Nonlinearity and Sex Differences in Change

Emily Durbin, Brian Hicks, Wendy Johnson, Daniel Blonigen, William Iacono, Matt McGue

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Abstract

We explored patterns of self-reported personality trait change across late childhood through young adulthood in a sample assessed up to four times on the lower order facets of Positive Emotionality, Negative Emotionality (NEM), and Constraint (CON). Multilevel modelling analyses were used to describe both group- and individual-level change trajectories across this time span. There was evidence for nonlinear age-related change in most traits, and substantial individual differences in change for all traits. Gender differences were detected in the change trajectories for several facets of NEM and CON. Findings add to the literature on personality development by demonstrating robust nonlinear change in several traits across late childhood to young adulthood, as well as deviations from normative patterns of maturation at the earliest ages. Copyright © 2015 European Association of Personality Psychology
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)31-44
JournalEuropean Journal of Personality
Volume30
Issue number1
Early online date14 Sep 2015
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2016

Keywords

  • development of personality
  • personality scales and inventories
  • sex differences

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