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Alekseeva O.S. Dispositional personality traits of the millennial generation

Olga S. Alekseeva, Research Associate, Psychological Institute of Russian Academy of Education, Moscow, Russia; bld. 9–4, Mokhovaya str., Moscow, Russia, 125009;

The results of a study of age and cohort differences in dispositional personality traits in a sample of Russian respondents are presented. As basic personality traits, the Big Five traits were considered: Extraversion, Neuroticism, Consciousness, Agreeableness and Openness to Experience. Also, the Activity trait was added as an additional characteristic. More than 600 people took part in the study. Respondents were divided into groups depending on their date of birth. Three groups were identified: “Generation of stagnation” – 202 people, years of birth from 1947 to 1967; “Reform Generation” – 226 people, years of birth from 1968 to 1981; “Generation of Millennials” – 203 people, years of birth from 1982 to 2000. Big Five questionnaire, which consisting of 30 questions and an Activity scale, which included 9 questions, were used to assess personality traits. Both age and cohort differences were found out. For the Extraversion trait, the lowest scores were in the oldest generation – the generation of stagnation, the other two groups did not have significant differences. For the Openness to Experience trait, there is a tendency to score increase from older to younger people. Consciousness and Agreeableness turned out to be the lowest in representatives of the generation of millennials. Activity is most high among middle-aged people from the group of the reform generation. To assess cohort differences, ANOVA with the control of the variable “age” was used. Significant differences were found out only on two scales: Agreeableness and Activity. The results are consistent with previous studies. For the Neuroticism trait, neither age nor cohort changes were found.

Key words: personality traits, Big Five, age differences, cohort differences

For citation: Alekseeva, O.S. (2022). Dispositional personality traits of the millennial generation. New Psychological Research, No. 2, 103–118. DOI: 10.51217/npsyresearch_2022_02_02_06

The article prepared within a state task, project FNRE-2021-0001.

keywords: personality traits, Big Five, age differences, cohort differences

received 18 June 2022

published 18 June 2022

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