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Personality and Psychopathology

Personality and Psychopathology

by Robert F. Krueger (Editor), Jennifer L. Tackett (Editor)

Traditionally, personality and psychopathology have been distinct areas of inquiry. This important volume reviews influential research programs that increasingly bridge the gap between the two areas. Presented are compelling perspectives on whether certain personality traits or structures confer risks for mental illness, how temperament interacts with other


Traditionally, personality and psychopathology have been distinct areas of inquiry. This important volume reviews influential research programs that increasingly bridge the gap between the two areas. Presented are compelling perspectives on whether certain personality traits or structures confer risks for mental illness, how temperament interacts with other influences on psychological adaptation, links between personality disorders and mood and anxiety disorders, implications for effective intervention, and more.

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"The editors have brought together prominent theorists and researchers who contend that personality is the foundation for a better understanding of the nature and treatment of psychopathology. As they explore the intersection of traditional psychological science and clinical practice, the contributors illuminate promising links and directions that will inspire further integration. A stimulating text not only for graduate psychology courses, but for psychiatric residency programs as well."—Theodore Millon, PhD, DSc, Institute for Advanced Studies in Personology and Psychopathology

"This volume offers a most comprehensive and authoritative overview of perspectives on relations between personality and psychopathology. The full range of topics is covered, from assessment approaches for adults, adolescents, and children; to behavioral genetics and neurobehavioral models; to clinical applications of psychodynamic and trait models of personality pathology. Most of the chapters will be broadly accessible to graduate students, and those that are more challenging are well worth the effort. I particularly appreciated 'Perceptions of Self and Others Regarding Pathological Personality Traits,' which is simultaneously extraordinarily comprehensive, systematic, and fascinating, and 'The Construct of Emotion as a Bridge Between Personality and Psychopathology,' which offers the most lucid description of a biological perspective on emotions that I have seen. Congratulations are in order to the editors and authors!"—Lee Anna Clark, PhD, Department of Psychology, University of Iowa

"Theory and research on the role of personality in psychopathology is undergoing a renaissance, with important implications for revising our classification system; tracing the complex pathways between genes, neurobiological systems, and abnormal behavior; and developing novel interventions. This outstanding volume presents the latest work from many of the most stimulating and integrative thinkers in the field, and provides a good look at where the field of psychopathology may be heading in the coming decade. This book will be of interest to researchers, clinicians, and students in clinical psychology and psychiatry, as well as individuals interested in theory and research on personality, emotion and motivation, and affective neuroscience. It would be an excellent text for a graduate seminar or advanced undergraduate course on personality and psychopathology, and a valuable supplementary text for a graduate course on psychopathology."—Daniel N. Klein, PhD, Department of Psychology, Stony Brook University

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Reviewer: Gary B Kaniuk, PsyD (Cermak Health Services)
Description: This book examines the link between personality and psychopathology, i.e., how traits/temperaments along with neurobehavioral systems/genetics can predispose an individual to Axis I or Axis II psychiatric disorders. Instead of treating them as separate fields of study, personality theory and psychopathology are brought together here.
Purpose: According to the editors, "the aim ... is to bring together the most eminent scholars driving these integrative programs of research and theorizing in one volume." Later, they continue, "our aim in assembling these diverse chapters ... was to make the case that a rich variety of bridges were being built to link personality and psychopathology. Hopefully, readers of this volume will come to agree with us that this is an exciting and productive area for both basic and applied research and theorizing."
Audience: The book is intended for researchers, clinicians, and students in clinical psychology, personality, psychiatry, and social work. Dr. Krueger and the other contributors are credible authorities. Jennifer Tackett, the coeditor, is a doctoral candidate but has published other works and is a recipient of an NIMH fellowship.
Features: Chapters on the link between personality theory and psychopathology make up most of the book. The authors discuss both psychosocial and biological/genetic factors. Two of the last three chapters include treatment considerations. I enjoyed chapter 5, "Dispositional Dimensions and the Causal Structure of Child and Adolescent Conduct Problems," revealing components of antisocial propensity such as negative emotionality, prosociality (inverse correlation), and daring. The chapters are full of research. This is not the easiest book to read, but it really does link personality theory with psychopathology, exactly what the editors said they would do. The only drawback is that there are very few clinical vignettes.
Assessment: This book is enjoyable because it attempts to link personality and psychopathology. It is well written, but probably best for the advanced graduate student who has a thorough background in personality theory. It includes everything you would expect — different theoretical perspectives and even some treatment considerations. The research is current and applicable. And if Theodore Millon can give his blessing on the back cover to this book, so can I.

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Meet the Author

Robert F. Krueger, PhD, is Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology and Individual Differences, Personality, and Behavior Genetics in the Department of Psychology, and Adjunct Associate Professor of Child Psychology in the Institute of Child Development, at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. He received the American Psychological Association's 2006 Theodore Millon Mid-Career Award in Personality and Psychology, the American Psychological Association's 2005 Distinguished Scientific Award for Early Career Contribution to Psychology, and a 2003 Early Career Award from the International Society for the Study of Individual Differences. He also holds a McKnight Presidential Fellowship from the University of Minnesota. He is currently an associate editor of the Journal of Abnormal Psychology and the Journal of Personality.

Jennifer L. Tackett, MA, is a doctoral candidate in the Clinical Science and Psychopathology Training Program at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. She has published work on childhood antisocial behavior, personality-psychopathology relationships, and childhood personality, and was a recipient of a 2-year (2001-2003) NIMH fellowship. Currently, Ms. Tackett is completing her clinical internship at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Minneapolis. In the fall of 2006, she will begin an appointment as Assistant Professor of Psychology at the University of Toronto.

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