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Personality organization, five-factor model, and mental health.

Publication Type:

Journal Article

Source:

J Nerv Ment Dis, Volume 195, Issue 10, p.819-29 (2007)

Keywords:

Adult, Factor Analysis, Statistical, Female, Humans, Male, Mental Disorders, Mental Health, Models, Psychological, Personality, Personality Inventory, Psychiatric Status Rating Scales, Psychometrics, Surveys and Questionnaires

Abstract:

<p>Otto Kernberg has developed a model of personality and psychological functioning centered on the concept of personality organization. The purpose of this study is to empirically examine the relationships between this model, the five-factor model, and mental health. The Personality Organization Diagnostic Form (Diguer et al., The Personality Organization Diagnostic Form-II (PODF-II), 2001), the NEO Five-Factor Inventory (Costa and McCrae, Revised NEO Personality Inventory (NEO-PI-R) and NEO Five-Factor Inventory (NEO-FFI) Professional Manual. 1992a), and the Health-Sickness Rating Scale (Luborsky, Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1962;7:407-417) were used to assess these constructs. Results show that personality organization and personality factors are distinct but interrelated constructs and that both contribute in similar proportion to mental health. Results also suggest that the integration of personality organization and factors can provide clinicians and researchers with an enriched understanding of psychological functioning.</p>

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