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ERIC Number: EJ1051381
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-May
Pages: 3
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0012-1649
Assessing Conscientious Personality in Primary Care: An Opportunity for Prevention and Health Promotion
Israel, Salomon; Moffitt, Terrie E.
Developmental Psychology, v50 n5 p1475-1477 May 2014
The articles in this special section bolster the already strong evidence base that personality differences in the trait of conscientiousness predict health. What is now needed is a research agenda for translating documented risk associations between low conscientiousness and poor health into policies and interventions that improve health outcomes for individuals and populations. In this commentary, we highlight 1 such avenue: introducing brief personality assessment into primary care practice. We provide examples of how conscientiousness assessment may help health care professionals get to know their patients better and potentially serve as a guide for more personalized care. We also raise key considerations for implementation research aimed at examining the feasibility and utility of integrating conscientiousness assessment into primary care settings.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Early Childhood Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: National Institute on Aging (DHHS/NIH)
Authoring Institution: N/A
Grant or Contract Numbers: AG032282