Mood states and personality traits

J Affect Disord. 1992 Apr;24(4):217-26. doi: 10.1016/0165-0327(92)90106-g.


In this article we analyze the relationship between personality traits assessed by the Tridimensional Personality Questionnaire, and six mood states assessed by the Profile of Mood States-bipolar form. Our data suggest that large portions of personality and/or behavior, e.g., higher order dimensions of Novelty Seeking and Reward Dependence, can be relatively independent from current mood. In contrast, the Harm Avoidance dimension covaries with mood and anxiety. Also, we analyze the psychometric properties of the Profile of Mood States-bipolar form, and discuss some practical aspects of our findings.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Affect*
  • Factor Analysis, Statistical
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Mood Disorders / diagnosis*
  • Mood Disorders / etiology
  • Mood Disorders / psychology
  • Personality Inventory / statistics & numerical data
  • Personality*
  • Psychiatric Status Rating Scales / statistics & numerical data
  • Psychometrics