ERIC Number: EJ768840
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Aug
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Personality Trait Differences in Boys and Girls with Clinical or Sub-Clinical Diagnoses of Conduct Disorder versus Antisocial Personality Disorder
Taylor, Jeanette; Iacono, William G.
Journal of Adolescence, v30 n4 p537-547 Aug 2007
This study tested differences in personality traits measured by the Multidimensional Personality Questionnaire (MPQ) in a community sample of adolescents with definite or probable conduct disorder (CD) diagnoses that did not progress to a diagnosis of antisocial personality disorder (ASPD) by early adulthood (n=43), those with definite or probable ASPD that persisted into early adulthood (n=68), or controls with neither a CD nor an ASPD diagnosis (n=716) to examine whether antisocial behaviour disorders that differed in course were associated with differences in personality traits. As expected, boys and girls with ASPD were significantly different from controls on constraint, and those with ASPD were significantly lower on constraint than those with only CD. The results suggest that individual differences in certain personality traits may contribute to differences in the type of antisocial behaviour disorder that emerges and thereby to the course of antisocial behaviour.
Descriptors: Young Adults, Comparative Analysis, Individual Differences, Adolescents, Personality Traits, Personality Measures, Questionnaires, Females, Personality Problems, Males, Antisocial Behavior, Gender Differences, Clinical Diagnosis, Behavior Disorders
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Multidimensional Personality Questionnaire