Epidemiological personology: the unifying role of personality in population-based research on problem behaviors.

Journal Article (Review;Journal Article)

Epidemiological personology refers to a paradigm in which a developmental perspective on individual differences is paired with a population-based sampling frame to yield insights about the role of personality in consequential social outcomes. We review our work in epidemiological personology, linking personality to diverse, problematic social outcomes: Mental disorders, health-risk behaviors, and violence. We conclude that broad-band personality measurement is both feasible and fruitful in large-scale research on problem behaviors, and we call for increased collaboration between personality psychologists and researchers in fields such as public health, epidemiology, and sociology.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Krueger, RF; Caspi, A; Moffitt, TE

Published Date

  • December 2000

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 68 / 6

Start / End Page

  • 967 - 998

PubMed ID

  • 11130741

Pubmed Central ID

  • 11130741

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1467-6494

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0022-3506

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1111/1467-6494.00123


  • eng