Do Instrumental and Expressive Traits Play a Role in Health-Promoting Behaviors? A Study among Former Young Caregivers
The relationship between former young caregivers’ personalities and their health-promoting behaviors once they reach adulthood has not been studied. In the present study, former young caregivers were assessed on the relationship between their instrumental and expressive traits and health-promoting behaviors. Forty-nine former young caregivers completed a demographic questionnaire, the Personal Attributes Questionnaire, and the Health Promoting Lifestyle Profile II. Former young caregivers’ level of instrumental traits explained variance in their health-promoting behaviors for the total HPLPII, Spiritual Growth, and Stress Management subscales (10, 19, and 9%, respectively), after controlling for demographic characteristics. Former young caregivers’ instrumental and expressive traits explained variance in their health-promoting behaviors for the Interpersonal Relations subscale (32%), after controlling for demographic characteristics.