Personality development across the adult life span: subjective conceptions vs cross-sectional contrasts.

@article{Krueger1993PersonalityDA,
  title={Personality development across the adult life span: subjective conceptions vs cross-sectional contrasts.},
  author={Jonathan S. Krueger and Jutta Heckhausen},
  journal={Journal of gerontology},
  year={1993},
  volume={48 3},
  pages={P100-8}
}
This research examined possible contributions of subjective conceptions about development to the study of long-term personality stability and change. Young, middle-aged, and old adult subjects rated 100 trait-descriptive adjectives with respect to perceived stability and change across seven decades of adulthood, their desirability, self-descriptiveness, and personal controllability. Subjective conceptions indicated growth during early and middle adulthood, followed by decline in old age. These… CONTINUE READING

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