Correlates of Wisdom-related Performance in Adolescence and Adulthood: Age-related Differences in “Paths” Toward Desirable Development

Staudinger, U.M. & Pasupathi, M. (2003). Correlates of wisdom-related performance in adolescence and adulthood: Age-related differences in “paths” toward desirable development. Journal of Research on Adolescence. 13(3): 239-268.

Across time and cultures, wisdom has been nominated as the ideal endpoint of development. Evidence suggests that the beginnings of wisdom are observed in adolescence. But are the correlates of wisdom-related performance in adolescence different from those in adulthood because of differences in developmental status? To answer this question, heterogeneous samples of German adolescents (N = 148, 14-20 years) and adults (N = 143, 35-75 years) responded verbally to 2 wisdom-related tasks and completed a psychometric battery involving measures of intelligence, personality, and the personality-intelligence interface. As predicted, in the adolescent sample intelligence and personality emerged as the strongest unique predictors of wisdom-related performance. In contrast, in the adult sample the interface measures were the strongest unique predictors. Implications for the facilitation of positive development in adolescence are discussed.

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