Title

Neuropsychological test scores as an indicator of cluster B personality disorder characteristics

Advisor

Jacquin, Kristine

Committee Member

Spirrison, Charles

Committee Member

Giesen, Martin J.

Date of Degree

8-1-2008

Original embargo terms

MSU Only Indefinitely

Document Type

Graduate Thesis - Open Access

Major

Clinical Psychology

Degree Name

Master of Science

College

College of Arts and Sciences

Department

Department of Psychology

Abstract

This study investigated the relationship between cluster B personality disorder characteristics and neuropsychological test performance. Specifically, the study examined whether neuropsychological test patterns could be used to support personality disorder diagnoses. The participants were 109 university students who were given a neuropsychological test battery and personality assessment. When controlling for Axis I psychopathology, no relationship was found between neuropsychological performance and borderline characteristics. However, narcissistic characteristics were associated with poorer working memory, divided attention, and verbal associative memory, and greater cognitive flexibility. Histrionic characteristics were associated with better list learning and selective auditory attention. This study suggests that some cluster B characteristics are associated with neuropsychological performance, but additional research is needed to clarify the nature of this relationship.

URI

https://hdl.handle.net/11668/16324

Comments

cluster B||personality||test scores||neuropsychology

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