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Character profiles and adolescents' self-reported affect
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Sport Science.
2013 (English)In: Personality and Individual Differences, ISSN 0191-8869, E-ISSN 1873-3549, Vol. 54, no 7, 841-844 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Cognitive and behavioral changes during adolescence might be understood from the perspective of increased executive functioning that is expressed as gradual maturing character. Character profiles (combinations of low and high scores in three character traits: Self-directedness, Cooperativeness, and Self-transcendence) of 439 Swedish adolescents were used to evaluate the linear and non-linear relationship between character traits and self-reported positive and negative affect. Linear analysis showed that all three character traits were associated to positive and negative affect. Non-linear analysis showed that Self-directedness was associated with high positive affect and low negative affect when Cooperativeness was high. No association of higher Cooperativeness with positive and negative affect was found. Higher Self-transcendence was associated with higher negative affect when both Self-directedness and Cooperativeness were high. Although, Self-directedness, Cooperativeness, and Self-transcendence are associated to adolescents' affective experience, these character traits are not associated to positive and negative affect in the same manner or linearly. Self-directedness's positive relationship to high positive affect and low negative affect was present only when Cooperativeness was high. In other words, an autonomous adolescent (i.e., high Self-directedness) might experience more positive and less negative emotions as long as she/he feels as an integral part of society (i.e., high Cooperativeness). (C) 2013 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

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2013. Vol. 54, no 7, 841-844 p.
Keyword [en]
Character, Negative affect, Personality, Positive affect
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Psychology
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Social Sciences, Psychology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-25527DOI: 10.1016/j.paid.2012.12.020ISI: 000316833500008OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-25527DiVA: diva2:619742
Available from: 2013-05-06 Created: 2013-05-06 Last updated: 2017-03-10Bibliographically approved

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