Goal and personality trait development in a transitional period: assessing change and stability in personality development.

@article{Ldtke2009GoalAP,
  title={Goal and personality trait development in a transitional period: assessing change and stability in personality development.},
  author={Oliver L{\"u}dtke and Ulrich Trautwein and Nicole Husemann},
  journal={Personality & social psychology bulletin},
  year={2009},
  volume={35 4},
  pages={428-41}
}
This longitudinal study examined continuity and change in the Big Five personality traits and in the importance of life goals from eight domains (Personal Growth, Relationships, Community, Health, Wealth, Fame, Image, and Hedonism) in 2,141 students in a 2-year period at the transition from school to college or employment. Both personality traits and life goals demonstrated high levels of rank-order and structural stability and showed significant individual differences in individual change… CONTINUE READING

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