Young Adulthood Is the Crucible of Personality Development

Brent W. Roberts, Jordan P. Davis

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The last two decades have seen a rapid acceleration of research on personality development focusing on the periods of late adolescence and young adulthood. The findings paint a picture of surprising quiescence in adolescence followed by a period of tremendous growth and change in personality traits in young adulthood. The patterns and potential reasons for these changes are discussed in the context of the Neo-Socioanalytic model of personality and the theory of emerging adulthood. The potential for convergence and collaboration between the fields of personality development and emerging adulthood is discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)318-326
Number of pages9
JournalEmerging Adulthood
Issue number5
StatePublished - Oct 1 2016


  • development
  • emerging adult development
  • neo-socioanalytic
  • personality
  • personality development
  • social investment
  • young adulthood

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Life-span and Life-course Studies


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