Assessing personality: Effects of the depressive state on trait measurement

R. M.A. Hirschfeld, G. L. Klerman, P. J. Clayton, M. B. Keller, P. McDonald-Scott, B. H. Larkin

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The influence of the clinically depressed state on personality assessment was evaluated by comparing self-report personality inventories of patients while clinically depressed and at follow-up 1 year later. The authors examined two groups from the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)-Clinical Research Branch Collaborative Program on the Psychobiology of Depression: Clinical Studies - patients whose symptoms had completely remitted and those who had not recovered. The clinically depressed state strongle influenced assessment of emotional strength, interpersonal dependency, and extraversion. Assessment of rigidity, level of activity, and dominance did not change after symptomatic recovery.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)695-699
Number of pages5
JournalUnknown Journal
Issue number6
StatePublished - 1983
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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