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Child and Adolescent Predictors of Personality in Early Adulthood
University of Gothenburg.
University of Cambridge.
University of Gothenburg.
University West, Department of Social and Behavioural Studies, Division of Psychology and Organisation Studies. University of Gothenburg. (BUV)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-9982-8304
2015 (English)In: Child Development, ISSN 0009-3920, E-ISSN 1467-8624, Vol. 86, no 4, 1253-1261 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This study investigated development of the Big Five personality traits from early childhood into adulthood. An initial group of 137 Swedish children were assessed eight times between ages 2 and 29 years. Initial decreases in extraversion leveled off in early adulthood; agreeableness and conscientiousness increased from ages 2 to 29; neuroticism initially increased, leveled off in later childhood and adolescence, and decreased throughout early adulthood; while openness to experience showed an initial increase, then decreased and leveled off in early adulthood. Individual developmental trajectories varied significantly, particularly in relation to gender. Personality traits became increasingly stable, and the fact that childhood scores predicted scores in adulthood indicated that personalities are fairly stable across this portion of the life span

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2015. Vol. 86, no 4, 1253-1261 p.
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Personality, early adulthood, child, adolescent
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Child and Youth studies
URN: urn:nbn:se:hv:diva-8577DOI: 10.1111/cdev.12362OAI: diva2:865206
Available from: 2015-10-27 Created: 2015-10-27 Last updated: 2016-01-27Bibliographically approved

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