On the contributions of a network approach to personality theory and research

R. Michael Furr, William Fleeson, Michelle Anderson, Elizabeth Mayfield Arnold

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Understanding personality structure and processes is one of the most fundamental goals in personality psychology. The network approach presented by Cramer et al. represents a useful path towards this goal, and we address two facets of their approach. First, we examine the possibility that it solves the problem of breadth, which has inhibited the integration of trait theory with social cognitive theory. Second, we evaluate the value and usability of their proposed method (qgraph), doing so by conducting idiographic analyses of the symptom structure of borderline personality disorder.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)437-439
Number of pages3
JournalEuropean Journal of Personality
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jul 2012
Externally publishedYes


  • Borderline personality disorder
  • Intra-individual associations
  • Network analysis
  • Personality theory

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology


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