Effects of personality on the transition into caregiving

Journal article
(Original article)

Publication Details

Author(s): Rohr M, Wagner J, Lang F
Journal: Psychology and Aging
Publisher: American Psychological Association
Publication year: 2013
Volume: 28
Journal issue: 3
Pages range: 692-700
ISSN: 0882-7974
Language: English


Recent research has emphasized the critical role of personality in the caregiving situation, but not much is known about how individual differences shape the transitions into and out of caregiving. Based on longitudinal data from the German Socio-Economic Panel (SOEP, N= 14,495), we explored how personality is associated with adopting and maintaining the caregiving role. The results revealed that individuals with less emotional stability were more likely to take over the responsibility to provide care. Moreover, care-related personality change was affected by sex and age. In detail, female care entrants were more burdened than their male counterparts, and younger caregivers seemed to adapt better to the caregiving role than older ones. The findings point to the interplay of personality and sociostructural conditions in the caregiving role over time. © 2013 American Psychological Association.

FAU Authors / FAU Editors

Lang, Frieder Prof. Dr.
Lehrstuhl für Psychogerontologie
Rohr, Margund Dr.
Lehrstuhl für Psychogerontologie

External institutions
Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin

How to cite

Rohr, M., Wagner, J., & Lang, F. (2013). Effects of personality on the transition into caregiving. Psychology and Aging, 28(3), 692-700. https://dx.doi.org/10.1037/a0034133

Rohr, Margund, Jenny Wagner, and Frieder Lang. "Effects of personality on the transition into caregiving." Psychology and Aging 28.3 (2013): 692-700.


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