Accession Number:

ADA252717

Title:

Associations between Major Domains of Personality and Health Behavior

Descriptive Note:

Interim rept.

Corporate Author:

NAVAL HEALTH RESEARCH CENTER SAN DIEGO CA

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1991-11-01

Pagination or Media Count:

23.0

Abstract:

Two studies are reported which capitalized on recent developments in the measurement of personality and health behaviors to examine personality- health behavior relationships comprehensively by determining associations between five major personality dimensions and four major health behavior dimensions. Prior associations between health behaviors and neurotic and extraverted personality tendencies generally replicated. However, conscientiousness and agreeableness, two previously neglected domains of personality, were the most important personality predictors of health behaviors. Multiple regression analyses showed that the personality measures cumulatively accounted for 8.8 to 25.1 of the variance in each of the health behavior aggregates. Personality can be a reliable predictor of health behavior aggregates, and its importance in this regard has been underestimated by failure to consider appropriate health behavior criteria and by omission of important personality dimensions.

Subject Categories:

  • Psychology

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE