By Daniel A. Hart
Here, Daniel A. Hart analyzes the result of a thorough twenty-year longitudinal research of men's improvement. Integrating quite a lot of examine methods, Hart assesses character trait, structural-developmental, and crisis-transformational elements within the learn of lives through the years. the writer then develops an unique framework for figuring out the mental similarities and alterations in men's lives.
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The transition from early to late adolescence was marked by continuity in the extent to which the boys were expressive, compassionate, resilient, and able to rebound from stress and in the extent to which a cognitive orientation toward life was evident. There was also change, with increases in the cognitive, less passionate approach to life and in sexual interests. The analyses of the second transition, from adolescence to middle adulthood, revealed continuities as well. Individual differences in dependability, impulsivity, and the extent of a cognitive orientation toward life were consistent over this long period of time (and replicate the findings of Kagan and Moss, 1962).
P. 70) In summary, then, Block found that there is substantial continuity in personality from early adolescence into middle adulthood, as well as important, and not always positive, changes. ) Summary of Personality Trait Investigations The bulk of findings from personality research is consonant with its guiding hypothesis of stable individual differences. Studies employing self-report inventories of personality and vocational interests THE STUDY OF MEN'S LIVES 21 uniformly find considerable stability over the life course, with this stability increasing with age.
This body of research, then, indicates that self-report vocational interest inventories reveal stable individual differences from adolescence into adulthood that have implications for occupations. There are clear developmental trends in vocational interests (although these are of much less interest to researchers than the evidence for the stability of individual differences): in his review of longitudinal studies Campbell (1971) reported that in comparison to older adults adolescents and young adults endorse more items that suggest an interest in physical activity and taking risks, suggesting a greater orientation to sensual pursuits and immediate gratification among the younger age groups.