Associations between self-rated health and personality.


Journal Article

OBJECTIVE:The goal of our study was to examine how Big Five personality factors predict variability in self-rated health in a sample of older African Americans from the Baltimore Study of Black Aging. METHODS:Personality was measured by the NEO Personality Inventory-Revised, and self-rated health was assessed by the Health Problems Checklist. PARTICIPANTS:The study sample had 202 women and 87 men. Ages ranged from 49 to 90 years (M = 67.2 years, SD = 8.55), and average years of formal education was 10.8 (SD = 3.3). RESULTS:Multiple linear regressions showed that neuroticism and extraversion were significant regression predictors of self-rated health, after controlling for demographic factors. CONCLUSIONS:These findings suggest individual personality traits may influence health ratings, behaviors, and decision-making among older African Americans.

Full Text

Cited Authors

  • Aiken-Morgan, AT; Bichsel, J; Savla, J; Edwards, CL; Whitfield, KE

Published Date

  • January 2014

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 24 / 4

Start / End Page

  • 418 - 422

PubMed ID

  • 25417423

Pubmed Central ID

  • 25417423

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1945-0826

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1049-510X


  • eng