Australian personality research: Past, present, and future prospects

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Abstract

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.

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