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Title: An Existential-Humanistic View of Personality Change: Co-Occurring Changes with Psychological Well-Being in a 10 Year Cohort Study
Author(s): Hounkpatin, Hilda Osafo
Wood, Alex M
Boyce, Christopher J
Dunn, Graham
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Keywords: Personality change
Psychological well-being scale
Big Five
Issue Date: Apr-2015
Date Deposited: 7-Mar-2016
Citation: Hounkpatin HO, Wood AM, Boyce CJ & Dunn G (2015) An Existential-Humanistic View of Personality Change: Co-Occurring Changes with Psychological Well-Being in a 10 Year Cohort Study. Social Indicators Research, 121 (2), pp. 455-470.
Abstract: Increasingly, psychological research has indicated that an individual’s personality changes across the lifespan. We aim to better understand personality change by examining if personality change is linked to striving towards fulfilment, as suggested by existential–humanistic theories of personality dynamics. Using the Wisconsin Longitudinal Study, a cohort of 4,733 mid-life individuals across 10years, we show that personality change was significantly associated with change in existential well-being, represented by psychological well-being (PWB). Moreover, personality change was more strongly related to change in PWB than changes in other well-being indicators such as depression, hostility and life satisfaction. Personality changed to a similar degree and explained greater variation in our well-being measures than changes in socioeconomic variables. The findings indicate personality change is necessary for the holistic development of an individual, supporting a greater need to understand personality change and increasing room for use of personality measures as indicators of well-being and policy making.
DOI Link: 10.1007/s11205-014-0648-0
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