Reproductive behavior and personality traits of the Five Factor Model

Jokela, Markus, Alvergne, Alexandra, Pollet, Thomas and Lummaa, Virpi (2011) Reproductive behavior and personality traits of the Five Factor Model. European Journal of Personality, 25 (6). pp. 487-500. ISSN 0890-2070

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We examined associations between Five Factor Model personality traits and various outcomes of reproductive behavior in a sample of 15 729 women and men from the Wisconsin Longitudinal Study (WLS) and Midlife Development in the United States (MIDUS) survey. Personality and reproductive history was self-reported in adulthood (mean age: 53 years). High extraversion, high openness to experience, and low neuroticism were associated with larger number of children in both sexes, while high agreeableness and low conscientiousness correlated with larger offspring number in women only. These associations were independent of marital status. There were also more specific associations between personality and timing of childbearing. The findings demonstrate that personality traits of the Five Factor Model are systematically associated with multiple reproductive outcomes.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Evolutionary psychology; Social and personal relationships; Family and marriage
Subjects: C800 Psychology
Department: Faculties > Health and Life Sciences > Psychology
Depositing User: Becky Skoyles
Date Deposited: 26 Sep 2017 08:34
Last Modified: 12 Oct 2019 16:29

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