Long-Term Stability and Change in Personality: An Introduction


  • A preliminary version of some of the material Included In this article was presented at the International Congress of Psychology, Sydney, Australia, August 1988 We thank Leona Aiken and Joseph Hepworth for their comments on an earlier version of this article

should be directed to Stephen G West, Department of Psychology, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ 85287


ABSTRACT The purpose of this special issue is to foster an examination of recent work on long-term stability and change in personality Classic and recent research on long-term stability of personality is presented Personal transitions are examined as an opportunity for studying continuity and change Some recent metatheoretical and theoretical perspectives on stability and change are presented Finally, several Innovative methodological and statistical approaches to the study of stability and change are considered