Age-independent effects of pubertal status on behavioral constraint in healthy adolescents

Ann M. Schissel, Elizabeth A. Olson, Paul F. Collins, Monica Luciana

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Studies have examined age-related changes in personality traits from adolescence through young adulthood, finding that aspects of negative emotionality decrease while conscientiousness increases over time. Varied mechanisms may underlie these transitions, including puberty-driven hormonal changes. Here, healthy adolescents completed the Multidimensional Personality Questionnaire-Brief Form and self-report measures of pubertal status at baseline and after two years. Independent of age, pubertal status impacted primary trait scales of the MPQ-BF Constraint factor in a sex-specific manner. Females decreased in Constraint, and particularly Control, while males increased in Constraint, and particularly Harm Avoidance, with advancing puberty. Longitudinal analyses validated these findings for Control. Findings are discussed relative to males' versus females' achievement of optimal levels of behavioral control in adolescence.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)975-980
Number of pages6
JournalPersonality and Individual Differences
Issue number8
StatePublished - Dec 1 2011


  • Constraint
  • Control
  • Puberty
  • Sex differences

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