Change in goals and values of men and women from early to mature adulthood

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Changes in goals and values between early and middle adulthood were investigated using a longitudinal sample of women and their male partners. Measures designed to assess personality changes as described by Gutmann and Jung were coded from open-ended responses to questions about middle-aged subjects' concurrent and recollected goals and values. The findings indicated that both women and men declined in gender-traditional goals and values and increased in individual goals and values. Archival data for women showed that recollections were accurate and that both cohort and personality factors were related to the extent to which individuals' goals and values changed over time.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)133-143
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Adult Development
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1996


  • Adult development
  • Gender differences
  • Goals
  • Personality change

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology(all)
  • Developmental and Educational Psychology


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