|Parental Cancer: The Parent-Child Bond at Risk
||Within the field of psycho-oncology, it has become increasingly apparent that cancer not only affects the patient, but disrupts the entire family unit, particularly adolescent children. The goal of the current study was to take the next step in this ...
|Assessing the perceived applicability of Barkley's Defiant Teens Manual to African American and European American families
||African American adolescent males are being diagnosed with externalizing behavior disorders more than any other group. However, there is a dearth of studies that addresses psychosocial treatment for African American adolescent males with these behavi...
|The Interaction of Temperament and Childhood Sexual Abuse in Predicting Symptoms of Borderline Personality Disorder
||This study examined how two of Rothbart's temperament variables (Rothbart & Derryberry, 1981), negative affect and effortful control, along with childhood sexual abuse, (CSA) predict borderline personality disorder (BPD) symptoms. It was hypothesized...
|The spectrum of bulimic behaviors and attitudes and the Five factor model of personality
||Bulimia Nervosa is a serious and often debilitating mental disorder conceptualized as an endpoint along the spectrum of eating disorders, which ranges from normal eating and no preoccupation with weight to clinical eating disorders. Presently, little...
|An examination of the relationships among personality traits, perceived parenting styles, and narcissism
||Narcissism has been a subject of interest to psychologists for over 100 years, yet it remains a mysterious and puzzling phenomenon. There is general agreement that a) narcissism can be viewed as a dimensional construct, and b) high levels of narcissi...
|The interaction of borderline personality disorder symptoms and relationship satisfaction in predicting positive and negative affect
||Previous research suggests that the quality of current relationships may have prognostic significance for individuals with borderline personality disorder (BPD). The goal of this study was to examine the impact of the interaction of BPD symptoms and ...
|You hurt me, i'll hurt you: the prediction of aggression based on the interaction between an ego threat, fragile high self-esteem, and narcissistic traits
||Previous research has produced inconsistent findings in terms of how self-esteem relates to aggressive behavior. Some studies have found that high self-esteem predicts aggression while others have found that low self-esteem predicts aggression. The p...
|Reinforcement sensitivity, cognitive biases, stressful life events, and depression symptoms
||The current study examines the interrelationships of personality, cognitive biases, and stressful life events in the prediction of depression. Previous research has indicated that personality factors of Gray's Reinforcement Sensitivity Theory (Gray &...
|The roles of reinforcement sensitivity and cognitive appraisals in predicting coping strategies
||The stress and coping literature has neglected to evaluate fully personality variables in the coping process. The behavioral approach and behavioral inhibition systems may affect cognitive appraisals of stressors and coping responses. This study eval...
|Neuroticism and cognitive constructs as risk factors for repeated episodes of self-injurious behavior
||The current project proposed a model to predict repeated episodes of self-injurious behavior (RSIB) integrating the personality variable of neuroticism, and the cognitive factors of a ruminative thinking style and SIB-specific cognitive content. Stud...
|Why nonsuicidal self-injury?: examining the validity of steps of a decisional model of nonsuicidal self-injury under distress
||The most common reason for Nonsuicidal Self-Injury (NSSI) is to reduce distress (Klonsky, 2007), yet it is unclear why people decide to use NSSI to reduce distress on a specific occasion. This study tested separate steps of a decision making model (a...
|`Birds of a feather flock together' or `opposites attract'?: characterizing the romantic partners of individuals exhibiting borderline personality disorder traits using a dimensional personality model
||Borderline personality disorder (BPD) is often characterized by “a pattern of unstable and intense interpersonal relationships” (American Psychiatric Association, 2013, p. 663). There has been limited research, however, to characterize th...
|Responses to social rejection: the role of borderline personality disorder traits
||The present study examined how people with BPD traits respond to social rejection, using a reliving task as the manipulation of social rejection. In addition, this study examined how rejection sensitivity and BPD traits differentially influence respo...
|Borderline personality disorder traits, social rejection, and risky behavior
||The current study examined the moderating effect of social rejection on the association between borderline personality disorder (BPD) traits, assessed dimensionally, and risk-taking behavior. Undergraduate participants (n = 195) were randomly assigne...
|The role of cognitive appraisals in the relationship between reinforcement sensitivity and coping strategies
||Previous research in the stress and coping literature has not fully addressed the role of biologically-based personality systems in the prediction of coping behaviors. As a biologically-derived theory of personality, Reinforcement Sensitivity Theory ...
|Affective sharing, friendship, and outcomes among boys with autism spectrum disorders
||Research among typically developing boys aged 8-12 has found affective sharing to be a key distinguishing characteristic of friendship. However, to date no research exists that further examines and builds upon these findings among boys with Autism Sp...