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RC-08-119

Personality profile in mental health patients

[Speaker] Gomà-i-freixanet, Montserrat:1
[Co-author] Martinez, Yolanda:1,2
1:Autonomous University of Barcelona, Spain (Spain), 2:Althaia, Xarxa Assistencial i Universitària de Manresa (Spain)

The Alternative Five Factor Model of personality has been useful to describe personality characteristics in some specific clinical samples (e.g. pathological gamblers, burned patients, ADHD adults). However, there are few studies about the personality characteristics of populations attending general mental health settings.
The aim of the present study was to describe the personality characteristics of patients attending a psychiatric consultation in primary care.
The final sample was made up of 314 participants, 109 men (34.7%) and 205 women. Age ranged between 18 and 81 years (M = 45.42, SD = 14.39). We used the Zuckerman-Kuhlman Personality Questionnaire (ZKPQ) for the assessment of personality. Compared to general population samples, these participants showed high scores in the Neuroticism-Anxiety scale as well as low scores in the Sociability scale.
Our results support previous evidences showing that some personality characteristics, specifically Neuroticism-Anxiety, are good candidates to be markers of vulnerability for mental health problems.
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