Evaluating models of the personality-psychopathology relationship in children and adolescents

Jennifer L. Tackett*

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Connections between personality traits and psychopathology in children and adolescents have frequently been reported in research studies. However, despite the occurrence of significant and systematic relationships between personality and mental disorders in childhood, a thorough understanding of the cause, nature, and implications of these relationships is lacking. In this paper, a comprehensive taxonomy of childhood personality is used to link research on children with that on adults, as well as provide a framework for discussing the personality-psychopathology relationship. Next, research on children and adolescents is integrated into various proposed models of the personality-psychopathology relationship. Finally, clinical implications and future directions are proposed for research on personality and psychopathology in children.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)584-599
Number of pages16
JournalClinical Psychology Review
Issue number5
StatePublished - Sep 2006

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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