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J Aging Health. 2012 Jun;24(4):654-72. doi: 10.1177/0898264311431303. Epub 2012 Jan 4.

Openness to experience and mortality in men: analysis of trait and facets.

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Purdue University and Center on Aging & the Life Course, West Lafayette, IN 47907-2055, USA. nturiano@purdue.edu

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

We examined whether specific facets are more robust predictors of mortality risk than overall trait openness in a sample of older men.

METHODS:

The current investigation used data from 1,349 men from the Veterans Affairs Normative Aging Study. From 1990-1991 to 2008, 547 (41%) had died. We used exploratory factor analysis to extract facets of openness, followed by proportional hazards modeling to examine 18-year mortality risk.

RESULTS:

Two facets emerged from the openness adjectives: intellect and creativity. In the fully adjusted model, only creativity predicted mortality risk. A 1-SD increase in creativity was associated with a 12% decrease in mortality risk.

DISCUSSION:

The study demonstrated that consideration of facets allows for a more precise understanding of the personality-health association. Higher levels of creativity predict longer survival in a sample of older men which provides preliminary support of the protective role creativity has on health even at advanced ages.

PMID:
22219209
PMCID:
PMC3649068
DOI:
10.1177/0898264311431303
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