Gains and losses in creative personality as perceived by adults across the life span

Na Na Anna HUI, Yuen Lan Dannii YEUNG, Christina SUE-CHAN, Kara CHAN, Cheuk Kuen Desmond HUI, Sheung-Tak CHENG

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Abstract

In this study, we used a life span model to study the subjective perception of creative personality (CP) in emerging, young, middle-aged, and older Hong Kong Chinese adults. We also asked participants to estimate the approximate age by which people develop and lose CP across adulthood. We expected an interesting interplay between internalized age stereotypes and age-related differentiation in beliefs about personality development. Older adults perceived increases in both gains and losses in CP in old age. But they still maintained a similar level of self-perceived CP traits when compared with young participants. Emerging, young, and middle-aged adults were less optimistic about their creativity development into old age. Young adults, in contrast to older adults, believed that gains in CP began and ceased at an earlier age. Positive perceptions of CP in one’s aging process may have implications for aging successfully. Copyright © 2013 American Psychological Association.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)709-713
JournalDevelopmental Psychology
Volume50
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2014

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Bibliographical note

Hui, A. N. N., Yeung, D. Y., Sue-Chan, C., Chan, K., Hui, D. C. K., & Cheng, S.-T. (2014). Gains and losses in creative personality as perceived by adults across the life span. Developmental Psychology, 50(3), 709-713.

Keywords

  • Chinese
  • Creativity development
  • Life span development
  • Older adults
  • Personality
  • Age stereotypes
  • Age-related differentiation
  • Beliefs about personality development