Personality psychology and problem behaviors: HIV risk and the five-factor model.


Journal Article

Studies of personality and problem behaviors may begin with analyses of the problem and develop hypotheses about personality traits that might be relevant; or they may begin with models of personality and explore links to behavior. Because it is well validated and relatively comprehensive, the Five-Factor Model (FFM) of personality lends itself to systematic exploratory studies that may sometimes lead to unanticipated findings. In this article, we review a program of research in a high-risk, disadvantaged population that illustrates the utility of the FFM in understanding health risk behavior. Previous analyses showed that behavior associated with the risk of HIV infection can be predicted from the personality dispositions of Neuroticism and (low) Conscientiousness.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Trobst, KK; Wiggins, JS; Costa, PT; Herbst, JH; McCrae, RR; Masters, HL

Published Date

  • December 2000

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 68 / 6

Start / End Page

  • 1233 - 1252

PubMed ID

  • 11130739

Pubmed Central ID

  • 11130739

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0022-3506

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1111/1467-6494.00133


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States