Personality and psychopathology: Working toward the bigger picture

Robert F. Krueger*, Jennifer L. Tackett

*Corresponding author for this work

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There are systematic and meaningful links among normal and abnormal personality traits and Axis I and II constructs from the DSM. Nevertheless, much research in this area focuses on pairs of constructs (e.g., the link between personality traits and a specific Axis I disorder), rather than on the broader multivariate structure of the personality-psychopathology domain. We underscore the need for this broader perspective, a perspective that would transcend largely artificial boundaries between current constructs (e.g., normal and abnormal personality). We outline our approach to research from this perspective and we emphasize the internalizing (mood and anxiety) and externalizing (substance use and antisocial behavior) spectra as promising foci for initial research on the joint structure of personality and psychopathology.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)109-128
Number of pages20
JournalJournal of personality disorders
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 2003

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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