Cognitive aspects of personality disorders: influences of basic personality traits, cognitive emotion regulation, and interpersonal problems

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2012
Akyunus İnce, Miray
The purpose of the study was to examine the influences of basic personality traits, cognitive emotion regulation and interpersonal problems on the cognitive aspects of personality disorders. 1298 adult participants (411 males and 887 females) between the ages of 18 and 68 (M = 26.85, sd = 7.95) participated in the study. In the first part of the study, Inventory of Interpersonal Problems was adapted to Turkish, and psychometric properties of the adapted inventory as well as Cognitive Emotion Regulation Questionnaire and Personality Belief Questionnaire were analyzed and were found to have good validity and reliability characteristics. Differences in demographic variables and correlational data for the measures were examined. Direct and mediational models were used to investigate the relationship among basic personality traits, cognitive emotion regulation, interpersonal problems and personality disorder beliefs. The results revealed that openness and neuroticism were associated with positive and negative emotion regulation, respectively. Neuroticism, negative valence and catastrophization were associated with interpersonal problems positively whereas extraversion was associated with them negatively. In terms of personality psychopathology, neuroticism, catastrophization, blaming others, and being cold and domineering in relations were found to be positively associated with personality disorder beliefs. Furthermore, the effect of neuroticism and negative valence on personality disorder beliefs was mediated by interpersonal problems, with the effect of negative valence also being mediated by negative cognitive emotion regulation. The findings and their implications with suggestions for future research and clinical applications, were discussed in the light of relevant literature.

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M. Akyunus İnce, “ Cognitive aspects of personality disorders: influences of basic personality traits, cognitive emotion regulation, and interpersonal problems,” Ph.D. - Doctoral Program, Middle East Technical University, 2012.