Social investment and personality: A meta-analysis of the relationship of personality traits to investment in work, family, religion, and volunteerism

Jennifer Lodi-Smith, Brent W. Roberts

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Abstract

Investing in normative, age-graded social roles has broad implications for both the individual and society. The current meta-analysis examines the way in which personality traits relate to four such investments - work, family, religion, and volunteerism. The present study uses meta-analytic techniques (K = 94) to identify the cross-sectional patterns of relationships between social investment in these four roles and the personality trait domains of agreeableness, conscientiousness, and emotional stability. Results show that the extent of investment in social roles across these domains is positively related to agreeableness, conscientiousness, emotional stability, and low psychoticism. These findings are more robust when individuals are psychologically committed to rather than simply demographically associated with the investment role.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)68-86
Number of pages19
JournalPersonality and Social Psychology Review
Volume11
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 2007

Keywords

  • Personality structure
  • Social investment
  • Volunteerism

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology

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