How to Change Conscientiousness: The Sociogenomic Trait Intervention Model

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Abstract

Conscientiousness, the propensity to be organized, responsible, self-controlled, industrious, and rule-following, is related to numerous important outcomes including many forms of psychopathology. Given the increasing awareness of the importance of conscientiousness, it is becoming common to want to understand how to foster it. In this paper we first describe and update a recent model that was put forward as a theoretically informed intervention to change conscientiousness. We then consider recent life span theories focused on conscientiousness that might inform how best to use existing interventions as well as identify potential moderators of the effectiveness of intervention. Finally, we integrate these perspectives into a framework for how to foster conscientiousness that we label the Sociogenomic Trait Intervention Model (STIM).

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