Personality Development across the Life Span

Jaap J.A. Denissen, Marcel A.G. Van Aken, Brent W Roberts

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationThe Wiley-Blackwell Handbook of Individual Differences
Number of pages26
ISBN (Print)9781444334388
StatePublished - Mar 12 2013


  • Developmental psychologists, construct of temperament - as "individual differences in behavior appearing early in life"
  • Four themes - alternative measurement of traits, timing of measurement, social roles and developmental tasks, genetic underpinnings of personality development
  • Intelligence and personality - structure and development
  • Learning about origins of individual differences - in intra-individual change
  • Mean-level change in personality trait expression - average level of a trait within a sample
  • Observed patterns of mean-level changes - people's social-emotional trait expression maturing over time
  • Personality development across life span
  • Personality trait development - enduring individual differences, of behaving, thinking and feeling in certain ways
  • Rank-order consistency and change - rank order of individuals, within a population with a specific trait
  • Recent empirical and meta-analytic evidence - personality, mature and stable with age

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Psychology

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