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 language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||5|
|Journal||Ethnicity and Disease|
|State||Published - Sep 1 2014|
- African Americans
- Self-rated Health
- Subjective Health
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