A1 Journal article (refereed)
Associations of temperament and personality traits with frequency of physical activity in adulthood (2020)

Karvonen, J., Törmäkangas, T., Pulkkinen, L., & Kokko, K. (2020). Associations of temperament and personality traits with frequency of physical activity in adulthood. Journal of Research in Personality, 84, Article 103887. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jrp.2019.103887

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All authors or editors: Karvonen, Jenni; Törmäkangas, Timo; Pulkkinen, Lea; Kokko, Katja

Journal or series: Journal of Research in Personality

ISSN: 0092-6566

eISSN: 1095-7251

Publication year: 2020

Volume: 84

Article number: 103887

Publisher: Elsevier

Publication country: United States

Publication language: English

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jrp.2019.103887

Publication open access: Openly available

Publication channel open access: Partially open access channel

Publication is parallel published (JYX): https://jyx.jyu.fi/handle/123456789/66492


Temperament and physical activity (PA) have been examined in children and adolescents, but little is known about these associations in adulthood. Personality traits, however, are known to contribute to PA in adults. This study, which examined both temperament and personality characteristics at age 42 in relation to frequency of PA at age 50 (JYLS, n = 214-261), also found associations with temperament traits. Positive associations were found between Orienting sensitivity and overall PA and between Extraversion and vigorous PA among women and between low Negative affectivity and overall and vigorous PA among men. Furthermore, Orienting sensitivity and Agreeableness were associated with vigorous PA among men. Temperament and personality characteristics also showed gender-specific associations with rambling in nature and watching sports.

Keywords: temperament; personality; personality traits; physical activeness; physical training; adulthood

Free keywords: adult temperament; personality trait; physical activity; adulthood

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Reporting Year: 2020

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