Reproductive behavior and personality traits of the Five Factor Model

Markus Jokela, Alexandra Alvergne, Thomas Pollet, Virpi Lummaa

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

95 Citations (Scopus)


We examined associations between Five Factor Model personality traits and various outcomes of reproductive behavior in a sample of 15 729 women and men from the Wisconsin Longitudinal Study (WLS) and Midlife Development in the United States (MIDUS) survey. Personality and reproductive history was self-reported in adulthood (mean age: 53 years). High extraversion, high openness to experience, and low neuroticism were associated with larger number of children in both sexes, while high agreeableness and low conscientiousness correlated with larger offspring number in women only. These associations were independent of marital status. There were also more specific associations between personality and timing of childbearing. The findings demonstrate that personality traits of the Five Factor Model are systematically associated with multiple reproductive outcomes.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)487-500
JournalEuropean Journal of Personality
Issue number6
Early online date16 Mar 2011
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2011


Dive into the research topics of 'Reproductive behavior and personality traits of the Five Factor Model'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this