Personality development and psychopathology

Filip De Fruyt, Barbara De Clercq, E.A.L. De Caluwé, Lize Verbeke

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This chapter reviews the state of knowledge concerning personality development and psychopathology, as well as their mutual influence. Although these separate constructs are currently well documented, the research area concerning their interconnection is complex and is in need of more sophisticated research methods to investigate the questions at stake. This chapter will elaborate on some of these points by integrating them in a conceptual model of personality and psychopathology. First, the latest advances in the fields will be reviewed, focusing on personality, psychopathology, and context. Second, based on this knowledge, a conceptual integrative model will be proposed with the aim to better understand personality–psychopathology associations across the life span, as well as to achieve a better integration of personality assessment in the diagnostic process. To end with, this chapter will bring up some pending questions in the domain that should be addressed in future research.
Keywords: Personality development; psychopathology; FFM; consequential outcomes; reciprocal effects
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPersonality development across the lifespan
EditorsJ. Specht
Place of PublicationLondon
ISBN (Print)978-0-12-804674-6
Publication statusPublished - 2017


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