Big Five personality development in adolescence and adulthood
Article first published online: 21 JUN 2006
Copyright © 2006 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
European Journal of Personality
Volume 21, Issue 1, pages 45–62, February 2007
How to Cite
Branje, S. J. T., van Lieshout, C. F. M. and Gerris, J. R. M. (2007), Big Five personality development in adolescence and adulthood. Eur. J. Pers., 21: 45–62. doi: 10.1002/per.596
- Issue published online: 17 JAN 2007
- Article first published online: 21 JUN 2006
- Manuscript Accepted: 22 MAR 2006
- Manuscript Received: 14 APR 2005
- Radboud University
- Utrecht University
- Big Five;
The present article examines Big Five personality development across adolescence and middle adulthood. Two adolescents and their fathers and mothers from 285 Dutch families rated their own and their family members' personality. Using accelerated longitudinal growth curve analyses, mean level change in Big Five factors was estimated. For boys, Extraversion and Openness decreased and for girls, Extraversion, Agreeableness, Conscientiousness, and Openness increased. Whereas mothers' Emotional Stability and Conscientiousness increased, fathers' Extraversion, Agreeableness, and Emotional Stability decreased. Differences in self- and other-reported personality change were found, as well as interindividual differences in personality change. Results confirm that personality change is possible across the life course but these changes are not similar for all individuals and depend on the type of observer. Copyright © 2006 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.