Self-monitoring and age.

A. Reifman, J. G. Klein, S. T. Murphy

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Two adult samples were surveyed to investigate the relation between individuals' levels of self-monitoring and age. A negative relation was predicted as older individuals were seen as most likely to exhibit the low self-monitoring tendency of behaving in accordance with one's own attitudes and feelings, whereas younger individuals appeared most likely to exhibit the high self-monitoring tendency of behaving according to social cues. A significant negative correlation between age and self-monitoring was found in both samples. The self-monitoring construct is discussed in relation to other social-cognitive life-span differences and to the idea of critical periods throughout the life span.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)245-246
Number of pages2
JournalPsychology and aging
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 1989


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