Encyclopedia of Geropsychology

Living Edition
| Editors: Nancy A. Pachana

Personality and Aging: A Historical Review of the Research

  • Eric CerinoEmail author
  • Karen Hooker
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-287-080-3_100-1



The construct of personality encompasses individual characteristics as well as the active processes of the individual’s interactions with the environment. This includes relatively enduring characteristics of one’s thoughts, feelings, and actions (i.e., traits), as well as dynamic interplays of social-cognitive processes (i.e., personal-action constructs, self-narration). Under a lifespan developmental approach, research on personality now involves both personality stability and change, growth and decline and recognizes the heterogeneity of development due to processes of adaptation across the lifespan.


Throughout the aging process, individuals encounter unique age-related challenges that have stimulated a myriad of health-related investigations from lifespan researchers in the last 50 years. Incorporating the study of...


Personality Trait Personality Disorder Personality Development Life Story Personality Structure 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Social and Behavioral Health SciencesCollege of Public Health and Human Sciences, Oregon State UniversityCorvallisUSA