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Avaliação Psicológica

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CARVALHO, Renato Gil  and  NOVO, Rosa Ferreira. Personality traits and interpersonal relationships in adolescence . Aval. psicol. [online]. 2013, vol.12, n.1, pp. 27-36. ISSN 1677-0471.

In this cross-sectional study we analyse the relationship between interpersonal difficulties in adolescence and personality clinical and structural dimensions, assessed through the Portuguese version of the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory – Adolescent (MMPI-A). Participants were 351 ninth to twelfth grade students (ages 14-18), who were distributed by two groups, according to their reported frequency of interpersonal problems, mostly in school context. Instruments were the Portuguese version of the MMPI-A and the School Path Questionnaire, which was created for this investigation. Multivariate statistical analysis (MANOVA) reveals significant differences between the groups of frequency of interpersonal difficulties in MMPI-A personality dimensions and in the clinical profile. Results are analyzed on a perspective that emphasizes the importance of personality in school life and in the distinction of more or less adaptive behavior patterns.

Keywords : interpersonal difficulties; personality; school pathway; adolescents; MMPI-A.

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