De-investment in work and non-normative personality trait change in young adulthood

Brent W. Roberts, Kate Walton, Tim Bogg, Avshalom Caspi

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The present study investigated the relationship between experiences of de-investment in work and change in personality traits in an 8-year longitudinal study of young adults (N = 907). De-investment was defined as participating in activities that run counter to age-graded norms for acceptable behaviour. De-investment in work was ope rationalised with a measure of counterproductive work behaviours (CWBs), which included actions such as stealing from the work lace, malingering and fighting with co-workers. CWBs were used to predict changes in personality traits from age 18 to age 26. Consistent with hypotheses, greater amounts of CWB was associated with changes in the broad trait domains of negative emotionality and constraint.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)461-474
Number of pages14
JournalEuropean Journal of Personality
Issue number6
StatePublished - Sep 2006


  • De-investment
  • Personality change
  • Personality traits
  • Social investment
  • Work

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology


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