Development of personality and the remission and onset of personality pathology

Aidan G.C. Wright, Aaron L. Pincus, Mark F. Lenzenweger

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The current study used the Longitudinal Study of Personality Disorders data set (Lenzenweger, 1999) to examine the development of personality traits in the context of the remission and onset of personality disorder (PD) symptoms. Despite high levels of stability, past research on the development of basic personality traits has also found a mean trend toward increased maturity and that individuals vary in their trajectories of trait development. Research on PD change has shown a similar pattern. We employed individual growth curve modeling to examine the relationship between personality trait development and PD symptom course. We found that both are indeed related and that remission in PD symptoms is associated with patterns of trait development associated with more rapid maturity. In contrast, deviating from the mean of trait development either through no change (i.e., stagnation) or change in the opposite direction (i.e., regression) was associated with developing PD symptoms over the course of the study.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1351-1358
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Personality and Social Psychology
Issue number6
StatePublished - Dec 2011

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Social Psychology
  • Sociology and Political Science


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