Psychology Article Summaries Maiden, et al. (2003). Personality changes in the old-old: A longitudinal study. Journal of Adult Development 10(1), January. The authors of this article undertook a study in which they examined the stability of particular psychological personality traits in “very old” women (ages approximately 70s-80s) in the United States over time. The study was conducted in a longitudinal format, wherein 74 elderly women from the relatively rural upstate New York area were interviewed first in 1987 and then in 1993-1994. The authors hypothesized that most of the participants would show moderate stability in terms of three personality traits over time: neuroticism, extraversion, and openness to experience (p.33)....The end:
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