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Comorbidity of Cluster B Personality and Substance Use Disorders

Title: Comorbidity of Cluster B Personality and Substance Use Disorders: The Role of Higher-Order Personality Traits.
Name(s): James, Lisa Marie, author
Taylor, Jeanette, professor directing thesis
Lang, Alan R., committee member
Plant, Ashby, committee member
Department of Psychology, degree granting department
Florida State University, degree granting institution
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Text
Issuance: monographic
Date Issued: 2005
Publisher: Florida State University
Place of Publication: Tallahassee, Florida
Physical Form: computer
online resource
Extent: 1 online resource
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: The comorbidity of Cluster B personality disorders (PDs) and substance use disorders (SUDs) is well established but factors underlying their relationship are less well understood. This study examined the role of higher-order personality traits in men and women with Cluster B PD symptoms and SUDs. Self-report indices of negative emotionality (NEM), impulsivity, Cluster B PD symptoms, and SUDs were collected from 617 university students (n=316 women). Results indicated that high NEM was associated with antisocial PD, borderline PD, and narcissistic PD. High impulsivity was associated with antisocial PD and histrionic PD. Neither personality trait was common to all Cluster B PDs. Similarly, problems associated with drug and alcohol use were uniquely related to high NEM and impulsivity, respectively. Gender moderated the relationship between NEM and symptoms of borderline PD. Although personality traits were correlated with PD symptoms and substance use problems, these traits were largely unable to provide causal links between Cluster B PDs and SUDs.
Identifier: FSU_migr_etd-3638 (IID)
Submitted Note: A Thesis submitted to the Department of Psychology in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Science.
Degree Awarded: Summer Semester, 2005.
Date of Defense: April 28, 2005.
Keywords: Mediation, Personality Disorders, Substance Use Disorders, Personality Traits
Bibliography Note: Includes bibliographical references.
Advisory Committee: Jeanette Taylor, Professor Directing Thesis; Alan R. Lang, Committee Member; Ashby Plant, Committee Member.
Subject(s): Psychology
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Owner Institution: FSU

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James, L. M. (2005). Comorbidity of Cluster B Personality and Substance Use Disorders: The Role of Higher-Order Personality Traits. Retrieved from