Dynamic of change in pathological personality trait dimensions: A latent change analysis among at-risk women

Baptiste Barbot, Scott R. Hunter, Elena L. Grigorenko, Suniya Luthar

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Abstract

This study explores longitudinally a four-factor structure of pathological personality trait dimensions (PPTDs) to examine both its structural stability and intra-individual changes among PPTDs over time. Personality Disorder (PD) scales of the Millon Clinical Multiaxial Inventory-III were administered to 361 low-income women with various psychiatric conditions (drug dependence, depression), who were followed in a two-wave study over 5-years. Cross-sectional and longitudinal factor analyses outlined a robust factorial structure of PPTDs, extrinsically invariant over time, representing Negative Emotionality, Introversion, Antagonism and Impulsivity. Despite moderate rank-order stability in the PPTDs, results also indicated substantial intra-individual variability in the degree and direction of change, consistent with trajectories of change in participants' clinical diagnoses. Results are discussed in light of current debates on the structure and dynamic of pathological personality.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)173-185
Number of pages13
JournalJournal of Psychopathology and Behavioral Assessment
Volume35
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 2013
Externally publishedYes

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Personality
Millon Clinical Multiaxial Inventory
Impulsive Behavior
Personality Disorders
Statistical Factor Analysis
Substance-Related Disorders
Psychiatry
Depression

Keywords

  • Longitudinal factor analysis
  • MCMI
  • Pathological personality
  • Personality disorders

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  • Clinical Psychology

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Dynamic of change in pathological personality trait dimensions : A latent change analysis among at-risk women. / Barbot, Baptiste; Hunter, Scott R.; Grigorenko, Elena L.; Luthar, Suniya.

In: Journal of Psychopathology and Behavioral Assessment, Vol. 35, No. 2, 06.2013, p. 173-185.

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