Neugarten's Personality Styles: Definition & Examples


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Dave is 64, but he dresses like a teenager and spends most of his free time skateboarding behind a high school. Which personality style does Dave exemplify?

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1. How do people of the defended personality style differ from those who are disintegration/disorganized?

2. The defending type consists of two types, holders on and _____, with the latter being associated with lower levels of life satisfaction.

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

After studying the way people respond differently to the aging process, Neugarten developed a list of personality traits that either help or hurt an individual during this crucial time of life. Her findings are the focal point of this assessment as students will have to distinguish between the four personalities and subtypes of each.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Use this assessment tool to review the following personality terms:

  • Disengaged
  • Passive-dependent
  • Defended
  • Disintegrated/disorganized

Skills Practiced

This quiz/worksheet combo helps students apply these skills:

  • Distinguishing differences - Compare and contrast aspects of the different behaviors towards old age
  • Information recall - access your knowledge of the two types of the defended personality
  • Knowledge application - use the information you have gained to identify an example of passive-dependent character traits

Additional Learning

If you would like to study more about this concept, review the related lesson Neugarten's Personality Styles: Definition & Examples. Lesson objectives include:

  • How denial affects those with disintegrated/disorganized personalities
  • Why certain individuals see aging as a threatening event and what they do in response
  • Older adults who are high functioning and involved in life
  • Satisfaction levels of each personality