Early Environmental Origins of Personality Traits

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Early Environmental Origins of Personality Traits

This project aims to identify environmental factors that contribute to personality development across the lifespan, including the long-term effects of both prenatal exposures and social and environmental exposures in childhood and adulthood.

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This project also aims to test personality traits as a mechanism between these environmental factors and cognitive health across the lifespan. Much of this work is in collaboration with the Healthy Aging in Neighborhoods of Diversity across the Life Span, a study of health disparities in Baltimore City.

Relevant Publications

  • Sutin, A. R., Strickhouser, J. E., Sesker, A. A., & Terracciano, A. (2022). Prenatal and postnatal maternal distress and offspring temperament: A longitudinal study. Journal of Psychiatric Research, 147, 262-268. Doi: 10.1016/j.jpsychires.2022.01.034
  • Sutin, A. R., Luchetti, M., Stephan, Y., Robins, R. W., & Terracciano, A. (2017). Parent educational attainment and adult offspring personality: An intergenerational lifespan approach to the origin of adult personality traits. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 113, 144-166. Doi: 10.1037/pspp0000137
  • Sutin, A. R., Costa, P. T., Evans, M. K., & Zonderman, A. B. (2013). Personality assessment in a diverse urban sample. Psychological Assessment, 25, 1007-12. Doi: 10.1037/a0032396

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