Volume 18, Issue 3 (Fall 2012)                   IJPCP 2012, 18(3): 233-244 | Back to browse issues page

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Vossoughi A, Bakhshipour Roodsari A, Hashemi T, Fathollahi S. Structural Associations of NEO Personality Dimensions With Symptoms of Anxiety and Depressive Disorders. IJPCP. 2012; 18 (3) :233-244
URL: http://ijpcp.iums.ac.ir/article-1-1894-en.html
1- Tabriz University, Tabriz, Iran, IR. Fax: +98411-4476899 , asgharvossoughi@yahoo.com
2- Tabriz University, Tabriz, Iran.
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Objectives: The aim of this study was to determine common and specific factors of anxiety and depressive disorders based on the NEO personality dimensions. Method: Four hundred and thirteen students of Tabriz University (200 males, 213 females) selected by cluster sampling responded to the following questionnaires: NEO Five-Factor Inventory (NEO-FFI), Beck Depression Inventory-II (BDI-II), Anxiety Sensitivity Index (ASI), Penn State Worry Questionnaire (PSWQ), Maudsley Obsessive-Compulsive Inventory (MOCI), Social Phobia Inventory (SPIN), and Phobic Stimuli Response Scales (PSRS). The data were analysed using the confirmatory factor analysis and structural equation modeling. Results: The findings suggest a better fitness of the five-factor structure for anxiety and depressive disorders compared with the six-factor structure. The findings support the validity of only three NEO personality factors. Of various structural models evaluated, the best fitting pertained to the structure in which higher-order dimensions of neuroticism, extraversion and conscientiousness significantly predicted anxiety and depressive disorders. Conclusion: Neuroticism is a common factor between anxiety and depressive disorders, extraversion is specific to depression, and social phobia and conscientiousness are specific factors for obsessive-compulsive disorder.


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Type of Study: Letter to the editor | Subject: Psychiatry and Psychology
Received: 2013/04/6 | Accepted: 2013/04/28 | Published: 2013/04/28

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