Physical health, positive and negative affect, and personality: A longitudinal analysis

John F. Finch, Lisa E. Baranik, Yu Liu, Stephen West

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This study used structural equation modeling to examine longitudinal relations among physical health, personality and mood in a sample of 360 college students. Research focused on the longitudinal associations among physical health and mood and their systematic relations with the Big Five personality dimensions of Extraversion and Neuroticism. Longitudinal analyses over successive 1-month intervals revealed lagged reciprocal effects between physical health and negative affect. After controlling for the effect of negative affect, physical health influenced subsequent positive affect, but positive affect did not influence subsequent physical health. Implications of these findings for subsequent research on health, personality, and emotions are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)537-545
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Research in Personality
Issue number5
StatePublished - Oct 2012


  • Longitudinal
  • Mood
  • Negative affect
  • Personality
  • Physical health
  • Positive affect

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • General Psychology


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