Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology

, Volume 24, Issue 6, pp 275–281

The relationships between neuroticism and depressive symptoms

  • D. M. Fergusson
  • L. J. Horwood
  • J. M. Lawton
Article

DOI: 10.1007/BF01788029

Cite this article as:
Fergusson, D.M., Horwood, L.J. & Lawton, J.M. Soc Psychiatry Psychiatr Epidemiol (1989) 24: 275. doi:10.1007/BF01788029

Summary

A structural equation model designed to estimate the reciprocal associations which may exist between mental state and personality trait variables is presented. This model is applied to measures of neurocticism and depression obtained for a sample of over 1000 women studied over a two year period. The fitted model suggests that while measures of neuroticism are contaminated by the effects of short term mental state on the reporting of personality, there is still a fairly substantial relationship between trait neuroticism (corrected for the effects of mental state contamination) and reports of depressive symptoms.

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© Springer-Verlag 1989

Authors and Affiliations

  • D. M. Fergusson
    • 1
  • L. J. Horwood
    • 1
  • J. M. Lawton
    • 1
  1. 1.The Christchurch Child Development Study, Department of Paediatrics, Christchurch School of MedicineChristchurch HospitalChristchurch