Australian personality research: past, present, and future prospects

Simon Boag*

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    Objective: This paper aims to examine the development of personality research within Australia, from the emergence of Australian psychology to the current time. Method: The paper first identifies the central role of personality research in shaping early Australian psychology. The paper then addresses the emerging directions of Australian personality research in the post-war years up to the end of the 20th Century. The paper then highlights the present contributions of personality research, noting both the world-leading impact made by Australian researchers and real-world applications of this field. Results: Australian personality research has a long history of providing important contributions to both Australian and international psychology. Future prospects and challenges related to attracting research funding for Australian research are also identified. Conclusions: Australian personality research was important for the successful emergence of Australian psychology. Present Australian personality researchers are making world-leading impact and addressing a number of important social issues.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)26-38
    Number of pages13
    JournalAustralian Journal of Psychology
    Issue number1
    Early online date2 Aug 2018
    Publication statusPublished - Mar 2019


    • Australian psychology
    • history
    • intelligence
    • personality assessment
    • personality processes and individual differences


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