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ERIC Number: EJ1051382
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-May
Pages: 4
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0012-1649
Will Interventions Targeting Conscientiousness Improve Aging Outcomes?
English, Tammy; Carstensen, Laura L.
Developmental Psychology, v50 n5 p1478-1481 May 2014
The articles appearing in this special section discuss the role that conscientiousness may play in healthy aging. Growing evidence suggests that conscientious individuals live longer and healthier lives. However, the question remains whether this personality trait can be leveraged to improve long-term health outcomes. We argue that even though it may be possible to design therapeutic interventions that increase conscientiousness, there may be more effective and efficient ways to improve population health. We ask for evidence that a focus on conscientiousness improves behavior change efforts that target specific health-related behaviors or large-scale environmental modification.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: National Institute on Aging (DHHS/NIH)
Authoring Institution: N/A
Grant or Contract Numbers: R37 AG008816