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O'Suilleabhain, PS,Hughes, BM
2018
July
Journal Of Psychosomatic Research
Neuroticism predicts all-cause mortality over 19-years: The moderating effects on functional status, and the angiotensin-converting enzyme
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Aging Angiotensin-converting enzyme Functional status Mortality Neuroticism Personality INDIVIDUAL-PARTICIPANT METAANALYSIS PERSONALITY-TRAITS LONGITUDINAL FINDINGS SOCIOECONOMIC-STATUS PROSPECTIVE COHORT OLDER PERSONS 76,150 ADULTS 3,947 DEATHS HEALTH RISK
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Objective: To examine if the personality traits neuroticism, extraversion, and openness to experience are related to all-cause mortality in older adults over a follow-up period of 19 years.Methods: Participants were a locally representative sample of 417 older adults (M +/- SD = 84.55 +/- 8.62 years). Statistical significance levels for hazard ratios were estimated having adjusted for age, sex, education, income, depressive illness, and personality traits.Results: A significant effect was observed for neuroticism with each 1 SD increase in neuroticism associated with a 14% increased risk in all-cause mortality (p = 0.031: 95% CI, 1.01-1.28). Following the trichotomization of neuroticism, the hazard for those > 1 SD above the mean was significantly greater than the average range (HR = 1.59; p = 0.001; 95% CI, 1.19-2.11). Examination of potential mechanisms revealed that neuroticism significantly moderated the effects of functional status (HRinteration = 1.09; p = 0.018; 95% CI = 1.02-1.17), and the angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE; HRinteration = 0.88; p = 0.031; 95% CI = 0.79-0.99) on mortality. As such, for each 1 SD increase in neuroticism, the effect rate on all-cause mortality increased by 9% for functional status, and decreased by 12% for ACE.Conclusions: Findings suggest that neuroticism is associated with all-cause mortality in older age. Specifically, persons higher in neuroticism are at a distinctly greater risk of all-cause mortality. Both functional status, and the angiotensin-converting enzyme provide two potential mechanisms of effect in the association between neuroticism and mortality.
10.1016/j.jpsychores.2018.04.013
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