A General and Maladaptive Personality Perspective on Youth Obsessive-Compulsive Symptoms

Elien De Caluwe*, Barbara De Clercq, Marleen De Bolle, Tiffany De Wolf

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Abstract

Based on Krueger's (2005) conceptual model of the personality-psychopathology relationship, this study examines how personality predicts different youth obsessive-compulsive symptoms, comparing the relative contribution of general and maladaptive personality traits. Three-hundred forty-four adolescents provided self-reports on an obsessive-compulsive scale, and their mothers rated their child's general and maladaptive personality. Hierarchical regression analyses revealed that personality differentially predicts obsessive-compulsive symptomatology, and that the relative significance of general versus maladaptive personality predictors differs across various forms of obsessive-compulsive pathology. The results are discussed in terms of the value of including both general and maladaptive personality measures in the assessment of early obsessive-compulsive difficulties.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)495-502
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Personality Assessment
Volume96
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2014
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • CHILD-BEHAVIOR CHECKLIST
  • 5-FACTOR MODEL
  • DSM-V
  • DEVELOPMENTAL PERSPECTIVE
  • INTERNALIZING DISORDERS
  • MENTAL-DISORDERS
  • ADOLESCENTS
  • PSYCHOPATHOLOGY
  • TEMPERAMENT
  • CONTINUITY

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