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ERIC Number: EJ864229
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Dec
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1040-3590
Assessment of Dependency, Agreeableness, and Their Relationship
Lowe, Jennifer Ruth; Edmundson, Maryanne; Widiger, Thomas A.
Psychological Assessment, v21 n4 p543-553 Dec 2009
Agreeableness is central to the 5-factor model conceptualization of dependency. However, 4 meta-analyses of the relationship of agreeableness with dependency have failed to identify a consistent relationship. It was the hypothesis of the current study that these findings might be due in part to an emphasis on the assessment of adaptive, rather than maladaptive, variants of agreeableness. This hypothesis was tested by using experimentally altered NEO Personality Inventory-Revised (Costa & McCrae, 1992) items that were reversed with respect to their implications for maladaptiveness. The predicted correlations were confirmed with the experimentally altered version with measures of dependent personality disorder, measures of trait dependency (including 2 measures of adaptive dependency), and measures of dependency from alternative dimensional models of personality disorder. The theoretical implications of the findings and suggestions for future research are discussed. (Contains 4 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Millon Clinical Multiaxial Inventory; NEO Personality Inventory