Personality in Adulthood

Personality in Adulthood

by Robert R. McCrae, Paul T. Costa, Jr.
     
 

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Traditionally, theories of personality and adult development were concerned with predicting the changes that personality would necessarily undergo during the aging process. During the 1970s, and continuing to the present day, several major longitudinal studiest the authors' among them provided for the first time a scientific basis for evaluating these assumptions…  See more details below

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Traditionally, theories of personality and adult development were concerned with predicting the changes that personality would necessarily undergo during the aging process. During the 1970s, and continuing to the present day, several major longitudinal studiest the authors' among them provided for the first time a scientific basis for evaluating these assumptions concerning personality change. To the initial surprise of many, those findings revealed an extraordinary degree of stability: personality apparently changes little in most people after the age of 30.

In this volume a thoroughgoing revision of the authors' earlier book, Emerging Lives, Enduring Dispositions, noted researchers Robert McCrae and Paul Costa reverse the classic question and ask instead how enduring dispositions affect the processes of aging and shape the individual's life course. By utilizing the Five-Factor Model, which represents a dramatic advance since the earlier book was published, this book accommodates virtually all traits identified in common speech and in scientific theories of personality. By studying these five factors across the life span, one can present a virtually complete account of what happens to personality as men and women age.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780898624298
Publisher:
Guilford Publications, Inc.
Publication date:
05/31/1990
Pages:
198

Meet the Author

Robert R. McCrae, Ph.D., is Research Psychologist at the Gerontology Research Center, National Institute on Aging, Baltimore, Maryland. He is author of more than 100 chapters and journal articles on personality, stress, coping, and aging, and is co-author of the NEO Personality Inventory. He is also a member of the Gerontological Society of America and a Fellow of the American Psychological Association.

Paul T. Costa, Jr., Ph.D., is Chief, Laboratory of Personality and Cognition, Gerontology Research Center, National Institute on Aging, Baltimore, Maryland, and is Associate Professor of Medical Psychology at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He has served as Consulting Editor for such journals as Psychology and Aging and The Journal of Personality and Social Psychology and is Past-President of the American Psychological Association's Division of Aging and Adult Development.

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