Big Five and affective traits were measured at three assessments when participants were on average 18, 21, and 24 years old. Rank-order stability analyses revealed that stability correlations tended to be higher across the second compared to the first retest interval; however, affective traits consistently were less stable than the Big Five. Median stability coefficients for the Big Five increased from.62 (Time 1 vs. Time 2) to.70 (Time 2 to Time 3); parallel increases also were observed for measures of negative affectivity (median rs=.49 and.55, respectively) and positive affectivity (median rs=.48 and.57, respectively). Growth curve analyses revealed significant change on each of the Big Five and affective traits, although many of the scales also showed significant variability in individual trajectories. Thus, rank-order stability is increasing for a range of personality traits, although there also is significant variability in change trajectories during young adulthood.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Social Psychology