Activity Engagement and Activity-Related Experiences: The Role of Personality.

TitleActivity Engagement and Activity-Related Experiences: The Role of Personality.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2018
AuthorsNewton, NJ, Pladevall-Guyer, J, Gonzalez, R, Smith, J
JournalJ Gerontol B Psychol Sci Soc Sci
Date Published2018 10 10
ISSN Number1758-5368
KeywordsAge Factors, Aged, Aged, 80 and over, Educational Status, Female, Humans, Interviews as Topic, Male, Marital Status, Middle Aged, Personality, Personality Inventory, Sex Factors, Social participation, Surveys and Questionnaires

Objectives: The associations of personality with activity participation and well-being have been well studied. However, less is known concerning the relationship between personality and specific aspects of activity engagement in older adults. We conducted a fine-grained examination of the effects of extraversion and conscientiousness on reported activity engagement-which we define as participation, time allocated, and affective experience-during 8 everyday activities.

Method: Data were obtained using a day reconstruction measure from a subgroup of participants in the 2012 Health and Retirement Study (HRS: N = 5,484; mean age = 67.98 years).

Results: We found mixed support for hypotheses suggesting that specific personality traits would be associated with activity participation, time allocated, and activity-affective experience. For example, extraverts were more likely to socialize and experienced higher socializing-related positive affect, but did not spend more time socializing.

Discussion: Results are discussed in light of the value of including personality in, and its contribution to, studies of activity engagement in later life. In addition, the need to acknowledge the complexity of the concept of activity engagement in future research is highlighted.

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Alternate JournalJ Gerontol B Psychol Sci Soc Sci
Citation Key8584
PubMed ID27520061
PubMed Central IDPMC6178970
Grant ListR01 AG040635 / AG / NIA NIH HHS / United States
U01 AG009740 / AG / NIA NIH HHS / United States