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Psychol Aging. 2000 Dec;15(4):710-4.

Associations among NEO personality assessments and well-being at midlife: facet-level analyses.

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  • 1Behavioral Medicine Research Center, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Duke University Medical Center, Durham, North Carolina 27710, USA.

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  • Psychol Aging 2001 Mar;16(1):144.


The association between well-being and personality was examined in 2,379 middle-aged adults. Measures that parallel C. D. Ryffs (1989) psychological model were selected to assess well-being. The 30 facet scales of the NEO-PI-R were used to measure personality. More than 83% of the facet-well-being correlations within the domains of Neuroticism, Extraversion, and Conscientiousness reached statistical significance, whereas, less than half of the correlations within the domains of Agreeableness and Openness were significant. The facets within each domain demonstrated different patterns of associations with the well-being measures, indicating that facet-level assessments yield additional information.

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