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Title:Predictors of Intraindividual Change in Personality and Well -Being
Author(s):Scollon, Christie Kaye
Doctoral Committee Chair(s):Ed Diener
Department / Program:Psychology
Discipline:Psychology
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Degree:Ph.D.
Genre:Dissertation
Subject(s):Psychology, Personality
Abstract:The present study examined predictors of intraindividual change in well-being and personality over a 9-year period. Data were from the Australian Quality of Life Panel Study (Headey & Wearing, 1989; 1992). One thousand one-hundred thirty participants (aged 16--70, M = 37.2, SD = 13.3) completed measures of subjective well-being (SWB), personality, and life events every two years beginning in 1981. Seventy-four percent of the sample participated in at least 2 measurement occasions. Structural equation models of latent growth curves (see McArdle, 1989; in press) were used to estimate rates of change in extraversion, neuroticism, life satisfaction, work satisfaction, marital satisfaction, and meaning in life over time. Increased work satisfaction predicted increased life satisfaction and extraversion and decreased neuroticism over time. Increased marital satisfaction predicted decreased neuroticism. Changes in life satisfaction and a sense of meaning and purpose in life paralleled changes in personality. Life events did not predict personality trajectories, nor did initial levels of extraversion or neuroticism predict life satisfaction trajectories.
Issue Date:2004
Type:Text
Language:English
Description:78 p.
Thesis (Ph.D.)--University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2004.
URI:http://hdl.handle.net/2142/82070
Other Identifier(s):(MiAaPQ)AAI3153421
Date Available in IDEALS:2015-09-25
Date Deposited:2004


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