Assessing interpersonal profiles associated with varying levels of effortful control

Nicole M. Cain, Chiara De Panfilis, Kevin B. Meehan, John F. Clarkin

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Research has linked individual differences in effortful control (EC) with variations in interpersonal functioning in children and adolescents. Using the Inventory of Interpersonal Problems-Short Circumplex (Hopwood, Pincus, DeMoor, & Koonce, 2008), this study investigated interpersonal problem profiles associated with EC in 763 nonclinical young adults. We found that individuals with low EC reported intrusive interpersonal problems and high levels of interpersonal distress, whereas individuals with high EC reported cold interpersonal problems but low levels of interpersonal distress. Results suggest that EC might play an important role in shaping interpersonal functioning.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)640-644
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Personality Assessment
Issue number6
StatePublished - Nov 1 2013
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health
  • Health, Toxicology and Mutagenesis

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