Personality Assessment

Publication Title: 
Schmerz (Berlin, Germany)

Systematic reviews of psychosocial assessment and effectiveness of psychotherapy for chronic pain syndromes in older patients are rare. However, it is of particular importance to consider the psychosocial aspects of elderly people with chronic pain. This narrative review describes recommended German-language assessments of the psychosocial dimensions of pain and summarizes existing studies of psychological therapy approaches for chronic pain in old age.

Author(s): 
Mattenklodt, P.
Leonhardt, C.
Publication Title: 
Body Image

Empirical and clinical interest in positive body image has burgeoned in recent years. This focused attention is generating various measures and methods for researchers and psychotherapists to assess an array of positive body image constructs in populations of interest. No resource to date has integrated the available measures and methods for easy accessibility and comparison.

Author(s): 
Webb, Jennifer B.
Wood-Barcalow, Nichole L.
Tylka, Tracy L.
Publication Title: 
Praxis Der Kinderpsychologie Und Kinderpsychiatrie

The model of ego development by Loevinger describes an epigenetic series of successive stages comprising increasingly complex styles of impulse control, interpersonal relationships, moral and cognitive reasoning. This model offers an opportunity to explore the structural premises young adults rely on solving their developmental tasks. Controls compared to patients show a significantly superior intrapsychic coping, awareness of social rules and knowledge of interpersonal relations.

Author(s): 
Kapfhammer, H. P.
Neumeier, R.
Scherer, J.
Publication Title: 
Psychiatria Danubina

After 30 years of clinical work and research based on categorical criteria for personality disorders (Diagnostic and Statistical manual of Mental Disorders - DSM IV TR) and (International Classification of Diseases - ICD 10th revision), a solid conceptual understanding and treatment of these disorders have not been established. For the field to move forward, it is imperative that future classifications introduce major revisions of the concept, diagnosis, and classification of personality disorders. This paper proposes one such revision.

Author(s): 
Svrakic, Dragan M.
Cloninger, Robert C.
Publication Title: 
Psychosomatic Medicine

OBJECTIVES: Comorbidity among eating disorders, traumatic events, and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) has been reported in several studies. The main objectives of this study were to describe the nature of traumatic events experienced and to explore the relationship between PTSD and anorexia nervosa (AN) in a sample of women. METHODS: Eight hundred twenty-four participants from the National Institutes of Health-funded Genetics of Anorexia Nervosa Collaborative Study were assessed for eating disorders, PTSD, and personality characteristics.

Author(s): 
Reyes-RodrÌguez, Mae Lynn
Von Holle, Ann
Ulman, Teresa Frances
Thornton, Laura M.
Klump, Kelly L.
Brandt, Harry
Crawford, Steve
Fichter, Manfred M.
Halmi, Katherine A.
Huber, Thomas
Johnson, Craig
Jones, Ian
Kaplan, Allan S.
Mitchell, James E.
Strober, Michael
Treasure, Janet
Woodside, D. Blake
Berrettini, Wade H.
Kaye, Walter H.
Bulik, Cynthia M.
Publication Title: 
Psychological Reports

The Triangular Theory of Love has created much interest among researchers in relational communication. Previous attempts at evaluating the theory have proven problematic. Specifically, the problems centered around the measurement of the theory's three components of intimacy, passion, commitment. Recent research, which employed a new measure, offered support for the theory's primary assumptions. To expand upon this, the current study factor analyzed data from a sample of 213 married individuals. Current results provided support for the triangular theory's primary assumptions.

Author(s): 
Lemieux, R.
Hale, J. L.
Publication Title: 
Child Development

This study examined the links among adolescents' representations of their relationships with parents, friends, and romantic partners. Sixty-eight adolescents were interviewed three times to assess their working models for each of these types of relationships. Working models of friendships were related to working models of relationships with parents and romantic partners. Working models of relationships with parents and romantic partners were inconsistently related.

Author(s): 
Furman, Wyndol
Simon, Valerie A.
Shaffer, Laura
Bouchey, Heather A.
Publication Title: 
International Journal of Aging & Human Development

The study was aimed at characterizing the exact algebraic structure of the love schema in order to trace possible changes in the conceptualization of love throughout the adult life cycle, notably as regards the weight attributed to the three components of love: passion, intimacy, and commitment. The methodological framework was the Functional Theory of Cognition. Irrespective of the gender and age of the participants (from 18 to 93), the structure of the love schema was shown to obey an equal-weight-averaging rule; the love schema was conceived as a strictly compensatory schema.

Author(s): 
Falconi, Anne
Mullet, Etienne
Publication Title: 
The Journal of Social Psychology

A predominately European American sample of middle class college students rated hypermuscular female bodybuilders and the men who were romantically involved with them on measures of perceived gender traits, personality traits, social behaviors, and heterosexual behaviors. Participants perceived hypermuscular women, as compared to the average woman, as having more masculine and fewer feminine interests, less likely to be good mothers, and less intelligent, socially popular, and attractive.

Author(s): 
Forbes, Gordon B.
Adams-Curtis, Leah E.
Holmgren, Katie M.
White, Kay B.
Publication Title: 
Child Development

The present study examined how adolescents' and their romantic partners' romantic working models and relational styles were related to their interactions with each other. Sixty-five couples (M age = 18.1 years) were observed interacting. Romantic working models were assessed in interviews about their romantic experiences; romantic styles were assessed by self-report. Data were analyzed using the Actor Partner Interdependence Model.

Author(s): 
Furman, Wyndol
Simon, Valerie A.

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