Document Type

Journal Article

Department/Unit

Department of Communication Studies

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.

Publication Year

2014

Journal Title

Developmental Psychology

Volume number

50

Issue number

3

Publisher

American Psychological Association

First Page (page number)

709

Last Page (page number)

713

Referreed

1

DOI

10.1037/a0034168

ISSN (print)

00121649

Link to Publisher’s Edition

http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/a0034168

Keywords

creativity development, life span development, Chinese, personality, older adults

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