Personality plasticity after age 30.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

Rank-order consistency of personality traits increases from childhood to age 30. After that, different summaries of the literature predict a plateau at age 30, or at age 50, or a curvilinear peak in consistency at age 50. These predictions were evaluated at group and individual levels using longitudinal data from the Guilford-Zimmerman Temperament Survey and the Revised NEO Personality Inventory for periods of up to 42 years. Consistency declined toward a nonzero asymptote with increasing time interval. Although some scales showed increasing stability after age 30, the rank-order consistencies of the major dimensions and most facets of the Five-Factor Model were unrelated to age. Ipsative stability, assessed with the California Adult Q-Set, also was unrelated to age. These data strengthen claims of predominant personality stability after age 30.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Terracciano, A; Costa, PT; McCrae, RR

Published Date

  • August 2006

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 32 / 8

Start / End Page

  • 999 - 1009

PubMed ID

  • 16861305

Pubmed Central ID

  • 16861305

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0146-1672

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1177/0146167206288599

Language

  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States