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Changes in personality and health-related behaviours during adolescence: a six-year longitudinal examination

Conference Paper


Abstract


  • We examined the effects of changes in personality on the health-related behaviours of

    adolescents over a 6-year time span. Students completed measures of Conscientiousness

    (C) and (Eysenckian) Psychoticism (P) in Grades 7, 8, and 9 as well as a measure

    of health-related behaviours in Grade 12. The protocols of 302 students were matched

    for each wave of data collection. Results indicated that changes in personality across the

    first three years of high school predicted later positive health behaviours. Thus, decreasing

    levels of C were related to lower frequency of eating healthy foods and exercising in

    Grade 12, whilst increasing levels of P predicted a reduced frequency of eating healthy

    foods. Interestingly, changes in personality did not predict negative health behaviours,

    such as junk food consumption, alcohol and drug consumption, or the number of hours

    watching television. These results are discussed with reference to the important effects

    that change and stability in personality have on health-related behavioural outcomes.

Publication Date


  • 2010

Citation


  • Heaven, P. & Leeson, P. (2010). Changes in personality and health-related behaviours during adolescence: a six-year longitudinal examination. 15th European Conference on Personality: Program and Abstracts (pp. 173-173). Institute of Psychology, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, v.v.i.: Arch-tisk, s.r.o..

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  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/sspapers/111

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  • 173

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  • 173

Abstract


  • We examined the effects of changes in personality on the health-related behaviours of

    adolescents over a 6-year time span. Students completed measures of Conscientiousness

    (C) and (Eysenckian) Psychoticism (P) in Grades 7, 8, and 9 as well as a measure

    of health-related behaviours in Grade 12. The protocols of 302 students were matched

    for each wave of data collection. Results indicated that changes in personality across the

    first three years of high school predicted later positive health behaviours. Thus, decreasing

    levels of C were related to lower frequency of eating healthy foods and exercising in

    Grade 12, whilst increasing levels of P predicted a reduced frequency of eating healthy

    foods. Interestingly, changes in personality did not predict negative health behaviours,

    such as junk food consumption, alcohol and drug consumption, or the number of hours

    watching television. These results are discussed with reference to the important effects

    that change and stability in personality have on health-related behavioural outcomes.

Publication Date


  • 2010

Citation


  • Heaven, P. & Leeson, P. (2010). Changes in personality and health-related behaviours during adolescence: a six-year longitudinal examination. 15th European Conference on Personality: Program and Abstracts (pp. 173-173). Institute of Psychology, Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, v.v.i.: Arch-tisk, s.r.o..

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/sspapers/111

Start Page


  • 173

End Page


  • 173