Clinical implications for a measure of mental health


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Abstract

Clinical evidence and theory in support of a clinically significant personality factor are reviewed. After outlining some discrepancies between clinical theory and statistical measurement, the author offers an approach for bridging the gap between statistical methods and clinical evidence. A comparison of mental hospital patients and community persons suggests that “the disintegrated person is one whose successive reactions are characteristic of highly diverse social groups; the integrated personality is one whose successive reactions are characteristic of rather similar social groups.” 32 references. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2006 APA, all rights reserved)

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