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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 editorsKarvonen, Jenni; Törmäkangas, Timo; Pulkkinen, Lea; Kokko, Katja

Journal or seriesJournal of Research in Personality



Publication year2020


Article number103887


Publication countryUnited States

Publication languageEnglish


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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.

Keywordstemperamentpersonalitypersonality traitsphysical activityphysical trainingadulthood

Free keywordsadult temperament; personality trait; physical activity; adulthood

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Reporting Year2020

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