Current Controversies and Issues in Personality

ISBN-10: 0471415634
ISBN-13: 9780471415633
Edition: 3rd 2002 (Revised)
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List price: $107.95
Edition: 3rd
Copyright year: 2002
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Incorporated
Publication date: 12/17/2001
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 336
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 1.144
Language: English

Lawrence A. Pervin is Professor of Psychology at Rutgers University. Following an undergraduate education at Brooklyn College and Queens College (City University of New York), he obtained his doctorate from Harvard University in 1962. After six years at Princeton University he went to Rutgers as an Associate Dean to help develop a new, experimental college. The author of many journal articles, including a Citation Classic, and invited book chapters, he also is the author of two leading personality texts, MDULPersonality: Theory and ResearchMDNM (Fifth Edition) and MDULCurrent Controversies and Issues in PersonalityMDNM (Second Edition). Dr. Pervin has served on the editorial board of MDULPsychological ReviewMDNM and the MDULJournal of Personality and Social PsychologyMDNM, and is founding editor of MDULPsychological InquiryMDNM, a new international journal of peer commentary and review.

The Enterprise of Personality Research: How Should It Be Conducted?
The Three Disciplines of Psychology
Three Research Traditions in Personality Psychology: Clinical, Correlational, and Experimental
The Clinical, Case Study Approach
The Correlational Approach
The Place of Self-Report Data
The Experimental Approach
Linkages Among Theory, Content, and Research Method
Convergence Among Data from Alternative Research Methods
Summary and Conclusions
What Units Shall We Use? Traits, Motives, And Cognitions
Trait Units of Personality
Early Trait Psychologists: Allport, Cattell, and Eysenck
Current Trait Theory: The Big Five and Five-Factor Models
Critique of Current Trait Theory
Motive Units of Personality
Pitchfork-Drive, Carrot-Incentive, and Cognitive Theories of Motivation
Pitchfork-Drive Theories of Motivation
Carrot-Incentive Theories of Motivation
Cognitive Theories of Motivation
Critique of the Motive Unit
Where Do Motives Come From?
Are There Universal Motives?
How Are Motives to Be Measured?
Cognitive Units of Personality
Cognitive Style
Cantor and Kihlstrom's Social Intelligence
Social Cognition: Expectancies, Beliefs, Attributions
Critique of the Cognitive Model
What About the "Hot" Aspects of Personality Functioning?
What About Individual Differences and General Processes?
Relations Among the Units
Summary
Am I Me Or Am I The Situation? Where We Stand In Relation To The Person-Situation Controversy
The Dichotomy Between Internal and External Determinants of Behavior
The Person-Situation Debate: 1968-1988
The Mischel Challenge: 1968
The Response and Debate
The Interactionist View
Lessons Learned: 1988
The Simmering Controversy and the Attempt at Rapprochement
So What Is Known and Where Do We Go from Here?
Summary
Is The Child Father To The Man? The Longitudinal Consistency Of Personality
The Continuity of Personality: Concepts and Assessment
Evidence of Personality Continuity
Block's Longitudinal Research
Kagan's Temperament Research
Caspi's Research on Behavioral Development
Magnusson's IDA Study
Sroufe's Attachment Research
Some Questions Concerning Continuity and the Reasons for It
What Do We Know and Where Do We Go from Here?
Summary
The Nature-Nuture Controversy: Genes, Environments, And Gene-Environment Interactions
The Goals and Methods of Behavior Genetics
The Nature and Nurture of Personality
Genetic and Environmental Factors in Personality: Intelligence
Genetic and Environmental Factors in Personality: Temperament and the Big Five
Genetic and Environmental Factors in Personality: Gender Identity and Sexual Behavior
Genetic and Environmental Factors in Personality: Psychopathology and Behavior Problems
Conclusion
Summary
Personal, Sociopolitical, And Ethical Features
Personal Factors in the Science of Personality
Social and Political Considerations
Social Darwinism, the Psychology of Sex Differences, and the IQ Controversy
Conclusion
Ethics of the Scientific Enterprise
Milgram's Research on Obedience to Authority
Zimbardo's Prison Experiment
The Protection of Subjects and the Conduct of Research
Reporting of Results
Summary
References
Index

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