Associations between self-rated health and personality

Adrienne T. Aiken-Morgan, Jacqueline Bichsel, Jyoti Savla, Christopher L. Edwards, Keith E. Whitfield

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Conclusions: These findings suggest individual personality traits may influence health ratings, behaviors, and decision-making among older African Americans.

Objective: The goal of our study was to examine how Big Five personality factors predict variability in self-rated health in a sample of older African Americans from the Baltimore Study of Black Aging.

Methods: Personality was measured by the NEO Personality Inventory-Revised, and selfrated health was assessed by the Health Problems Checklist.

Participants: The study sample had 202 women and 87 men. Ages ranged from 49 to 90 years (M=67.2 years, SD=8.55), and average years of formal education was 10.8 (SD=3.3).

Results: Multiple linear regressions showed that neuroticism and extraversion were significant regression predictors of self-rated health, after controlling for demographic factors.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)418-422
Number of pages5
JournalEthnicity and Disease
Issue number4
StatePublished - Sep 1 2014
Externally publishedYes


  • African Americans
  • Aging
  • Personality
  • Self-rated Health
  • Subjective Health

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Epidemiology


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