Work experiences and personality development in young adulthood

J Pers Soc Psychol. 2003 Mar;84(3):582-93.

Abstract

This longitudinal study provides an analysis of the relationship between personality traits and work experiences with a special focus on the relationship between changes in personality and work experiences in young adulthood. Longitudinal analyses uncovered 3 findings. First, measures of personality taken at age 18 predicted both objective and subjective work experiences at age 26. Second, work experiences were related to changes in personality traits from age 18 to 26. Third, the predictive and change relations between personality traits and work experiences were corresponsive: Traits that "selected" people into specific work experiences were the same traits that changed in response to those same work experiences. The relevance of the findings to theories of personality development is discussed.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Emotions
  • Employment*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Life Change Events*
  • Longitudinal Studies
  • Male
  • Models, Psychological
  • Multivariate Analysis
  • New Zealand
  • Personality Development*
  • Regression Analysis