Archiving the Hawaii Personality and Health Project

The Hawaii Personality and Health Cohort is a unique study combining childhood personality assessments from the 1960’s with adult follow up assessments of numerous life outcomes, including health, since 1998. Investigators are preparing the de-identified data for deposit with the National Archive of Computerized Data on Aging.
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The Hawaii project originated with a series of studies using teachers’ assessments of children’s personalities conducted by personality psychologist Jack Digman between 1959 and 1967. Subsequent data collected in adulthood 30 to 40 years later enriched this data set with assessments of objective measures of health. The Hawaii study may be the only existing study that includes a comprehensive assessment of childhood personality and detailed objective markers of health in adulthood over 40 years later.

In addition to the childhood assessments and biological data, a rich set of data has been collected over the past 15 years. These consist of adult personality assessments using self- and observer-ratings, self-rated health, health behaviors, substance use, depression, markers of socioeconomic status, life events, and demographics. The objective health measures include markers that can be used to evaluate metabolic syndrome, and anthropometric measures useful for evaluating functional health status.

PROJECT PERIOD

9/30/13 - 7/31/16

FUNDING AGENCY

National Institute on Aging (NIA)