July 26, 2016 12:50 - 14:20

Gender and Age Differences in Basic Personality Traits and Interpersonal Problems Across Young Adulthood

[Speaker] Akyunus, Miray:1
[Co-author] Gençöz, Tülin:2
1:Ipek University (Turkey), 2:Middle East Technical University (Turkey)

The present study explores the nature of gender and age differences in personality constructs including personality traits and interpersonal problems throughout young adulthood. To strengthen our study, analysis were conducted with a sample of participants who were individually matched on their gender and age. This matched sample was consisted of 514 participants from Turkey, 257 of whom were male and 257 were female whose ages varied from 18 to 35 (M = 24.92). Inventory of Interpersonal Problems and Basic Personality Traits Inventory via internet-based data collection used in which personal feedbacks were provided to the participants immediately. Results indicated that men were higher in openness and hostile-dominance whereas women were higher in neuroticism and agreeableness. Regarding age differences, conscientiousness was found to be increasing whereas hostile-dominance were found to be decreasing with aging throughout young adulthood. Results were discussed in line with the literature considering cultural differences.
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