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Personality is differentially associated with planned and non-planned pregnancies

Berg, Venla, Rotkirch, Anna, Väisänen, Heini and Jokela, Markus (2013) Personality is differentially associated with planned and non-planned pregnancies. Journal of Research in Personality, 47 (4). pp. 296-305. ISSN 0092-6566

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Identification Number: 10.1016/j.jrp.2013.01.010

Abstract

Recent studies have linked personality with family formation and having children. We studied whether personality traits are differentially associated with planned versus non-planned pregnancies. The participants were 8336 men and women from the 1958 British birth cohort study, with personality assessed in adulthood using the Five Factor Model. Planned pregnancies were more likely in women with high agreeableness and low openness to experience, and in men with high extraversion, high emotional stability, high conscientiousness, and low openness to experience. Non-planned pregnancies were more likely in women with high extraversion, low emotional stability, and low conscientiousness, and in men with high extraversion and low agreeableness. These results indicate that personality is associated with fertility differences via different pathways of fertility planning.

Item Type: Article
Official URL: http://www.journals.elsevier.com/journal-of-resear...
Additional Information: © 2013 Elsevier Inc.
Divisions: Methodology
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine
R Medicine > RG Gynecology and obstetrics
Sets: Departments > Methodology
Date Deposited: 09 May 2013 15:11
Last Modified: 20 Apr 2019 01:03
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/49822

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