Associations between personality traits, physical activity level, and muscle strength

Magdalena I. Tolea, Antonio Terracciano, Eleanor M. Simonsick, E. Metter, Paul T. Costa, Luigi Ferrucci

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Abstract

Associations among personality as measured by the Five Factor Model, physical activity, and muscle strength were assessed using data from the Baltimore Longitudinal Study of Aging (N=1220, age: mean=58, SD=16). General linear modeling with adjustment for age, sex, race, and body mass index, and bootstrapping for mediation were used. We found neuroticism and most of its facets to negatively correlate with strength. The extraversion domain and its facets of warmth, activity, and positive-emotions were positively correlated with strength, independent of covariates. Mediation analysis results suggest that these associations are partly explained by physical activity level. Findings extend the evidence of an association between personality and physical function to its strength component and indicate health behavior as an important pathway.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)264-270
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Research in Personality
Volume46
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 1 2012
Externally publishedYes

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Muscle Strength
Personality
Exercise
Baltimore
Health Behavior
Longitudinal Studies
Emotions
Body Mass Index
Neuroticism
Extraversion (Psychology)

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Social Psychology
  • Psychology(all)

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Associations between personality traits, physical activity level, and muscle strength. / Tolea, Magdalena I.; Terracciano, Antonio; Simonsick, Eleanor M.; Metter, E.; Costa, Paul T.; Ferrucci, Luigi.

In: Journal of Research in Personality, Vol. 46, No. 3, 01.06.2012, p. 264-270.

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Tolea, Magdalena I. ; Terracciano, Antonio ; Simonsick, Eleanor M. ; Metter, E. ; Costa, Paul T. ; Ferrucci, Luigi. / Associations between personality traits, physical activity level, and muscle strength. In: Journal of Research in Personality. 2012 ; Vol. 46, No. 3. pp. 264-270.
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