Variation in personality states as predicted by interpersonal context

Churchyard, Jamie S, Pine, Karen J, Sharma, Shivani and Fletcher, Ben C (2018) Variation in personality states as predicted by interpersonal context. Journal of Individual Differences. ISSN 1614-0001

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Abstract

Diary studies of personality have shown that personality is variable, and can help the person deal appropriately with the different interpersonal demands they encounter. This study aims to demonstrate how interpersonal context predicts personality states. Thirty six participants (9 male, 27 female, age M = 24.72, SD = 7.11) kept an online diary for one month. The diary recorded measurements of HEXACO personality states, momentary interpersonal factors including current interpersonal role (with friend, family member, partner, as employee/student, alone) and social goal orientation (socialising with others, avoidance of others, asserting yourself, personal/work achievement), and dispositional anxiety and depression. Individuals’ personality states were found to vary considerably across measurements in a normal distribution. Multi-level modelling analyses showed that interpersonal factors did predict within subject personality variation. Social goal orientations had a greater relative impact than interpersonal roles. Depression had a significant effect on between subject variance in state emotionality. These findings highlight the importance of interpersonal context in predicting stable personality variation.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This article does not exactly replicate the final version published in the journal: Journal of Individual Differences. It is not a copy of the original published article and is not suitable for citation. Note: The primary author's institutional affiliation at the time of manuscript submission was the University of Hertfordshire (listed as the institutional affiliation for the primary author of this piece). The author was based at the University of West London (UWL) when it was accepted, which is why the correspondence address is listed at UWL.
Subjects: Psychology
Depositing User: Jamie Churchyard
Date Deposited: 15 Mar 2018 14:42
Last Modified: 14 Sep 2018 08:35
URI: http://repository.uwl.ac.uk/id/eprint/4458

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