A five-factor measure of avoidant personality: the FFAvA.

TitleA five-factor measure of avoidant personality: the FFAvA.
Publication TypeJournal Article
JournalJournal of personality assessment
Volume94
Issue5
Pagination466-74
Date Published2012
ISSN0022-3891
Abstract

A new self-report assessment of the basic traits of avoidant personality disorder (AVD) was developed using a general trait model of personality (Five-factor model; FFM) as a framework. Scales were written to assess maladaptive variants of 10 FFM traits found to be robustly related to AVD across a variety of methods. In a sample of 291 undergraduates, the scales from the Five Factor Avoidant Assessment (FFAvA) proved to be internally consistent and strongly related to the original FFM scales from which they were derived. The FFAvA scales also demonstrated substantial incremental validity in the prediction of existing AVD measures and indexes of social discomfort over their FFM counterparts. The FFAvA provides an opportunity to examine AVD and its correlates using smaller, more basic units of personality rather than more global symptoms that might blend these elements.

DOI10.1080/00223891.2012.677886
Short TitleJ Pers Assess
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