Expressions of positive emotion in photographs, personality, and later-life marital and health outcomes

Jeremy Freese*, Sheri Meland, William Irwin

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Abstract

A previous study of females at an elite liberal arts college found that the degree of positive emotion expressed in persons' college yearbook photos was correlated with personality, marital, and health outcomes decades later in life. We examine whether the same pattern is observed among respondents in the Wisconsin Longitudinal Study, using high school yearbook photographs and outcome measures obtained mostly when respondents were in their fifties. Despite some seeming advantages of our design, we were unable, with a few exceptions, to replicate the findings of the previous study. Possible explanations for this divergence in findings are discussed, including differences in measurement, the sample, and the photographic occasion itself.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)488-497
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Research in Personality
Volume41
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 1 2007

Keywords

  • Attractiveness
  • Emotion
  • Health
  • Longitudinal studies
  • Marriage
  • Personality

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Psychology(all)

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