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On studying the relationship between personality and mental disorder - Suggestions for further study

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posted on 28.09.2021, 22:17 by Berry, Billie

Links between traits and mental disorders have been postulated off and on for centuries, but since a recent revival of interest within psychology, there has been a consistent and expanding field of research concerned with studying what is now widely accepted as the ‘personality- psychopathology relationship’. This thesis explores that field of research, considering what has led to its stagnation and apparent difficulty in reaching robust and useful conclusions. In doing so, I provide an overview and critique of the study of the personality-psychopathology relationship. Several limitations of recent research are identified and explored, specifically concerning its focus of inquiry, statistical methodology and conceptual foundations. Throughout the thesis, I discuss the appropriate scientific method(s) and necessary conceptual considerations involved in studying the relationship between personality and mental disorder, and make some suggestions about what is required for robust and reliable research in this area.

History

Advisor 1

Mares, Edwin

Advisor 2

Keller, Simon

Copyright Date

27/09/2021

Date of Award

27/09/2021

Publisher

Victoria University of Wellington - Te Herenga Waka

Rights License

Author Retains Copyright

Degree Discipline

Philosophy

Degree Grantor

Victoria University of Wellington - Te Herenga Waka

Degree Level

Masters

Degree Name

Master of Arts

ANZSRC Type Of Activity code

1 PURE BASIC RESEARCH

Victoria University of Wellington Item Type

Awarded Research Masters Thesis

Language

en_NZ

Victoria University of Wellington School

School of History, Philosophy, Political Science and International Relations