Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: https://hdl.handle.net/1959.11/11922
Title: Perceived personality traits of individuals with anorexia nervosa
Contributor(s): Watters, Jessica Elizabeth (author); Malouff, John M  (author)
Publication Date: 2012
DOI: 10.1111/j.1742-9552.2012.00045.x
Handle Link: https://hdl.handle.net/1959.11/11922
Abstract: Background:  Prior research has found evidence of a general negative personality stereotype for individuals who have anorexia nervosa (AN). Methods:  This study examined the expected personality characteristics of individuals with AN using the Five-Factor Model of personality to allow identification of specific personality traits that are part of the AN stereotype. The study used an experimental method with random assignment of 636 participants to read detailed descriptions of individuals who were described as having AN or not and as being either male or female and then to rate the individuals on Five-Factor personality characteristics. Results:  The results showed that participants rated individuals with AN significantly lower on the personality factors of agreeableness, extroversion, emotional stability, and openness. There was no significant difference in ratings on the factor of conscientiousness when the targets had AN and when they did not. The negative openness expectation was the opposite of how individuals with AN actually scored in prior research. There was no significant interaction between AN status and gender in expected personality characteristics. Conclusions:  Overall, the results indicate the existence of a specific negative stereotype with potentially harmful consequences for both females and males with AN.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: Clinical Psychologist, 16(3), p. 118-122
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Ltd
Place of Publication: Australia
ISSN: 1742-9552
1328-4207
Field of Research (FOR): 170106 Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology
Socio-Economic Outcome Codes: 929999 Health not elsewhere classified
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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