Individual differences in self-assessed health: Gender, neuroticism and physical symptom reports

Paula G. Williams, Deborah J. Wiebe

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The current study utilized a path analytic strategy to examine the relationship between gender, neuroticism (N) and physical symptom reports. Trait self-focused attention and state negative affect (NA) were included as potential mediators. Results indicated that both gender and N have significant direct effects on symptom reports when considered in the same model. State NA partially mediated the relationship between N and symptom reports. Trait self-focused attention partially mediated the effects of N on symptom reports for women but not men. Findings are discussed with respect to the information processing aspects of individual differences in self-assessed health and directions for future research are suggested.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)823-835
Number of pages13
JournalPersonality and Individual Differences
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 1 2000



  • Gender
  • Negative affect
  • Neuroticism
  • Physical symptoms
  • Self-focused attention

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychology(all)

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