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Educational achievement and traits emotional stability and agreeableness as predictors of the occurrence of backache in adulthood

Cheng, H; Green, A; Chapman, BP; Treglown, L; Furnham, A; (2017) Educational achievement and traits emotional stability and agreeableness as predictors of the occurrence of backache in adulthood. Personality and Individual Differences , 117 pp. 205-209. 10.1016/j.paid.2017.06.008. Green open access

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Abstract

This study investigated the associations between psychological as well as social factors in childhood and adulthood and the occurrence of adulthood back pain in a longitudinal birth cohort study. The analytic sample comprises 5698 participants with complete data on parental social class at birth, childhood cognitive ability tests scores at age 11, educational qualifications obtained at age 33, personality traits assessed at age 50, occupational levels, and back pain measured at age 55. Using hierarchical logistic regression analysis, results showed that among all socio-demographic and psychological factors examined, only the highest educational qualification (OR = 0.62: 0.41–0.93, p < 0.05) and traits emotional stability (OR = 0.76: 0.71–0.83, p < 0.001) and agreeableness (OR = 1.10: 1.01–1.21, p < 0.05) were significant predictors of the occurrence of back pain in adulthood. No significant sex differences were found for the prevalence of back pain in adulthood.

Type: Article
Title: Educational achievement and traits emotional stability and agreeableness as predictors of the occurrence of backache in adulthood
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1016/j.paid.2017.06.008
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.paid.2017.06.008
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: Back pain, Traits emotional stability and agreeableness, Educational achievement, Longitudinal
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education > IOE - Education, Practice and Society
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences > Clinical, Edu and Hlth Psychology
URI: http://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1564676
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