Which 5? Examining personality pathology with the five factor model and personality psychopathology-5

Hilary L. DeShong, Stephanie N. Mullins-Sweatt, Thomas A. Widiger

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Research suggests that dimensional models are useful in the classification of maladaptive personality traits and that these models are more useful than categorical models. As a result, the personality disorder section of the DSM-5 has proposed a shift from a categorical model to a hybrid dimensional-categorical model of diagnosing personality pathology. The current study will examine the relation between the Personality Psychopathology Five (PSY-5) model of clinically-relevant personality traits taken from the MMPI-2 with the five-factor model (FFM). Participants (n = 22) were recruited from a Psychological Services Center at a Midwestern university. Clinicians working at the center were recruited if they had a client who had previously completed the NEO PI-R and the MMPI-2. The clinicians were asked to complete the Shedler and Western Assessment Procedure (SWAP-200) to assess their respective client's personality pathology. The current study indicated that both models contribute to our understanding of personality pathology, though conclusions were limited due to the size of the sample.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationNew Developments in Personality Disorders Research
Number of pages24
StatePublished - Mar 2013


  • DSM-5
  • Dimensional
  • Five-factor model
  • PSY-5
  • Personality
  • Personality pathology
  • Trait

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine
  • General Psychology


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