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

Robert F. Krueger, Avshalom Caspi, Terrie E. Moffitt

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Abstract

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 psy-chologists and researchers in fields such as public health, epidemiology, and sociology.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)967-998
Number of pages32
JournalJournal of personality
Volume68
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 2000

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