Person-Environment Fit and Its Implications for Personality Development: A Longitudinal Study

Brent W. Roberts, Richard W. Robins

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Abstract

Continuity and change in Person-Environment Fit (PE Fit) and its relation to personality development was studied in a 4-year longitudinal study of college students (N=305). PE Fit demonstrated moderate rank-order stability and small increases in mean-levels over time. Antecedents to PE Fit included gender (being male), high academic ability, low agreeableness, and low neuroticism. Outcomes associated with PE Fit included greater personality consistency and changes in personality in the direction of higher self-esteem and lower agreeableness and neuroticism. The implications of the findings for personality development are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)89-110
Number of pages22
JournalJournal of Personality
Volume72
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 1 2004

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology

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