TitlePersonality and Aging: A Historical Review of the Research
Publication TypeBook Chapter
Year of Publication2016
AuthorsCerino, ES, Hooker, K
EditorPachana, NA
Book TitleEncyclopedia of Geropsychology
Pagination1 - 9
PublisherSpringer Singapore

The construct of personality encompasses individual characteristics as well as the active processes of the individual’s interactions with the environment. This includes relatively enduring characteristics of one’s thoughts, feelings, and actions (i.e., traits), as well as dynamic interplays of social-cognitive processes (i.e., personal-action constructs, self-narration). Under a lifespan developmental approach, research on personality now involves both personality stability and change, growth and decline and recognizes the heterogeneity of development due to processes of adaptation across the lifespan.