FSD2121 Jyväskylä Longitudinal Study of Personality and Social Development (JYLS): Personality Tests of 27-Year-Olds 1986

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  • Pulkkinen, Lea (University of Jyväskylä. Department of Psychology)


aggressiveness, emotional states, extraversion, introversion, neuroticism, personality, personality traits, psychological tests, psychoticism, self-evaluation, social behaviour

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The data are part of the Jyväskylä Longitudinal Study of Personality and Social Development (JYLS), in which the same individuals have been followed over 30 years. At this research stage, 27-year-olds' different areas of life were under observation. The data were collected using a life situation questionnaire and a theme interview. In connection with the interview, the respondents completed two personality tests (Eysenck Personality Questionnaire (EPQ) and Sensation Seeking Scale (SSS)) included in this dataset.

Both personality tests are standardised for Finnish people. The Eysenck Personality Questionnaire contains 101 yes/no questions, which explore for example the respondents' hobbies, anxiousness, and tendency to cheat in various games. The test is designed to reflect individual differences in such dimensions as extraversion, neuroticism, and psychoticism. In addition, there is a lie scale.

The Sensation Seeking Scale consists of pairs of statements. The respondents were asked to select the alternative which better described their own preferences or feelings. For instance, the respondents chose between "I like wild and uninhibited parties" and "I prefer quiet parties with good conversation". The test is designed to measure the respondents' thrill and experience seeking and disinhibition.

Background variable used: the respondent's gender.

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