Beliefs about personality change and continuity

Haslam, Nick, Bastian, Brock, Fox, Christopher and Whelan, Jennifer (2007) Beliefs about personality change and continuity. Personality and Individual Differences, 42 8: 1621-1631. doi:10.1016/j.paid.2006.11.001

Author Haslam, Nick
Bastian, Brock
Fox, Christopher
Whelan, Jennifer
Title Beliefs about personality change and continuity
Journal name Personality and Individual Differences   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0191-8869
Publication date 2007-06
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.paid.2006.11.001
Volume 42
Issue 8
Start page 1621
End page 1631
Total pages 11
Place of publication New York, U.S.; Sydney, Australia
Publisher Oxford Press
Language eng
Subject 1701 Psychology
Abstract Lay conceptions of personality change and continuity were examined in a sample of 112 undergraduates. Participants rated their personal change over 5 years (past or future), the change they perceived to be normative over 10-year age spans between 15 and 65, their beliefs about whether personality is fixed or malleable (“lay theories”) and their beliefs about the causes of personality change and continuity. Beliefs about normative personality change generally corresponded to research evidence on adult trajectories of the Big Five factors, with some age bias, whereas recalled and anticipated personal change tended to be more positive than these norms. Participants tended to endorse environmental causes more for personality change than for continuity. Lay theories were not consistently associated with these causal beliefs, or with beliefs about personal and normative change.
Keyword Lay theories
Q-Index Code C1

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