Personality maturation during the transition to working life: Associations with commitment as a possible Indicator of social investment

Liselotte den Boer*, Theo A. Klimstra, Susan J. T. Branje, Wim H. J. Meeus, Jaap J. A. Denissen

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Abstract

The social investment theory (SIT) proposes that personality maturation is triggered by transitions into age-graded roles and psychological commitment to these roles. The present study examines the predictions of SIT by focusing on the transition from student life to working life. We analysed three-wave longitudinal data and compared participants who made the transition into working life (N = 226), participants who combined education with work (N = 387), and participants who did not make the transition at all (N = 287). In contrast to the predictions of SIT, we found no differences in personality maturation between individuals who made the transition into working life and those who did this only partly or not at all. Psychological commitment to work did not explain individual differences in personality maturation for those who made the transition (partly) into working life after controlling for multiple testing. Therefore, the present study did not support the predictions of SIT. (c) 2019 The Authors European Journal of Personality published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd on behalf of European Association of Personality Psychology

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)456-467
JournalEuropean Journal of Personality
Volume33
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2019

Keywords

  • development of personality
  • transition
  • social investment theory
  • work identity
  • IDENTITY PROCESSES
  • MEAN-LEVEL
  • TRAITS
  • ADOLESCENCE
  • STABILITY
  • ADULTHOOD
  • FRAMEWORK
  • METAANALYSIS
  • INTERPLAY
  • DYNAMICS

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