Neediness and connectedness and the five-factor model of personality

  • Dunkley D
  • Blankstein K
  • Zuroff D
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This study examined maladaptive and relatively more adaptive forms of dependency, as measured by the neediness and connectedness factors of the Depressive Experiences Questionnaire (DEQ; Blatt, D'Afflitti, & Quinlan, 1976), within a comprehensive scheme of personality provided by the revised NEO Personality Inventory (NEO-PI-R; Costa & McCrae, 1992). University students (n = 475) completed the DEQ, NEO-PI-R, and a measure of depressive symptoms. Results indicated that neediness reflected anxiety, self-consciousness, vulnerability, unassertiveness, and inactivity, whereas connectedness reflected anxiety, warmth, agreeableness, and valuing of relationships. Neediness demonstrated stronger relations than connectedness with depressive symptoms. These results support the validity of DEQ neediness and connectedness as measures of maladaptive and relatively more adaptive forms of dependency. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2012 APA, all rights reserved) (journal abstract)

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  • Connectedness
  • Dependency
  • Depression
  • Five-factor model
  • Neediness

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  • David M. Dunkley

  • Kirk R. Blankstein

  • David C. Zuroff

  • Sandra Lecce

  • Denise Hui

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