Aging, Personality, and Work Attitudes

Eric D. Heggestad and Ashley M. Andrew

in The Oxford Handbook of Work and Aging

Published in print March 2012 | ISBN: 9780195385052
Published online September 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Library of Psychology

 Aging, Personality, and Work Attitudes

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Personality traits and job attitudes are related to a number of important work-related outcomes. In this chapter we explore age-related changes in both the Big Five personality traits and job attitudes, with a particular focus on job satisfaction and organizational commitment. We begin by reviewing the literature on personality traits and age, which suggests that personality traits are characterized by both stability and change over the life course. We then discuss the literature on job attitudes and age. Next, we examine the relationships between personality and job attitudes, and contemplate how these relationships might be affected by age. Finally, we offer directions for future research on age, personality, and job attitudes.

Keywords: personality traits; Big Five; job attitudes; job satisfaction; organizational commitment; stability and change

Article.  18921 words. 

Subjects: Psychology ; Organizational Psychology ; Counselling Psychology

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