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Health and Aging Study of Central Illinois

The Health and Aging Study of Central Illinois, an NIA-funded longitudinal study of the personality trait development of three cohorts of adults, has been at the heart of much of my longitudinal research through my collaboration with its principle investigator, Brent Roberts. The third wave of this study is nearing completion. Three waves of longitudinal data on personality traits, narrative identity, self-concept clarity, and physical health outcomes will allow for a direct examination of how the content of identity develops alongside self-concept clarity and this co-development in turn affects the physical health of the aging individual. This rich data set will continue to be an important part of my program of work as we analyze the third wave of data, evaluations of personality traits and self-concept clarity from close associates and strangers, and test the longitudinal development of narrative identity and its impact on physical health.