Personality traits in adolescence as predictors of religiousness in early adulthood: Findings from the terman longitudinal study

Michael E. McCullough, Jo Ann Tsang, Sharon Brion

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Abstract

The authors examined the associations of the Big Five personality factors with religiousness in adulthood for a 19-year longitudinal sample of 492 adolescents age 12 to 18. Among the Big Five, Conscientiousness in adolescence was uniquely related to higher religiousness in early adulthood. For adolescents high in Emotional Stability, the link between strength of religious upbringing and religiousness in adulthood was weaker than it was for adolescents who were less emotionally stable. These findings replicate the work of others demonstrating the importance of Conscientiousness as a predictor of religiousness and suggest that emotionally unstable adolescents might be more likely to adopt levels of religiousness that are similar to those of their parents.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)980-991
Number of pages12
JournalPersonality and Social Psychology Bulletin
Volume29
Issue number8
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 2003

Keywords

  • Big Five
  • Longitudinal
  • Personality
  • Religion
  • Terman
  • Traits

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology(all)
  • Social Psychology

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