Personality features related to generalized anxiety disorder

Mariangela Gasperini, Marco Battaglia, Giuseppina Diaferia, Laura Bellodi

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Forty-six patients with generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) without any other coexisting axis I diagnoses were compared with 50 control subjects for assessment on axis II. No specific personality disorder (PD) was found to be significantly associated with chronic anxiety, although the majority of anxious patients showed significantly more maladaptative traits than controls. Discriminant analysis selected a list of items able to provide a correct classification rate of 91% based on personality features selected in canonical function. Factor analysis indicated that personality characteristics of expectation of damage were more closely related to GAD in our sample.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)363-368
Number of pages6
JournalComprehensive Psychiatry
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1990

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Biological Psychiatry
  • Psychology(all)

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