Personality and Health: Advantages and Limitations of the Five-Factor Model
Version of Record online: 28 APR 2006
Journal of Personality
Volume 60, Issue 2, pages 395–425, June 1992
How to Cite
Smith, T. W. and Williams, P. G. (1992), Personality and Health: Advantages and Limitations of the Five-Factor Model. Journal of Personality, 60: 395–425. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-6494.1992.tb00978.x
- Issue online: 28 APR 2006
- Version of Record online: 28 APR 2006
- Manuscript received June 20, 1990; revised November 2, 1990.
ABSTRACT Interest in the association between personality characteristics and physical health has been renewed in recent years. Theory and research in this area has also been complicated by conceptual and methodological limitations. The present article briefly reviews this literature and discusses the advantages and limitations of the five-factor model of personality as an integrating framework for studies of personality and health. The model has already been fruitfully applied in several contexts, and more possibilities exist. Although it has some potential limitations, the application of the five-factor model—as well as other aspects of current personality theory and research—is likely to facilitate progress in the study of how personality influences health.