Negative and positive life events are associated with small but lasting change in neuroticism

  title={Negative and positive life events are associated with small but lasting change in neuroticism},
  author={Bertus F. Jeronimus and Johan Ormel and Andr{\'e} Aleman and Brenda W.J.H. Penninx and Harri{\"e}tte Riese},
  journal={Psychological Medicine},
  pages={2403 - 2415}
Background High neuroticism is prospectively associated with psychopathology and physical health. However, within-subject changes in neuroticism due to life experiences (LEs) or state effects of current psychopathology are largely unexplored. In this 2-year follow-up study, four hypotheses were tested: (1) positive LEs (PLEs) decrease and negative LEs (NLEs) increase neuroticism; (2) LE-driven change in neuroticism is partly long-lasting; and (3) partly independent of LE-driven changes in… 
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