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Personality : Contemporary Theory and Research

Personality : Contemporary Theory and Research - 3rd edition

ISBN13: 978-0534598716

Cover of Personality : Contemporary Theory and Research 3RD 05 (ISBN 978-0534598716)
ISBN13: 978-0534598716
ISBN10: 0534598714

Cover type: Paperback
Edition: 3RD 05
Copyright: 2005
Publisher: Wadsworth, Inc
Published: 2005
International: No

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Personality : Contemporary Theory and Research - 3RD 05 edition

ISBN13: 978-0534598716

Valerian J. Derlega, Barbara A. Winstead and Warren H. Jones

ISBN13: 978-0534598716
ISBN10: 0534598714

Cover type: Paperback
Edition: 3RD 05
Copyright: 2005
Publisher: Wadsworth, Inc
Published: 2005
International: No

The only book of its kind, Derlega, Winstead, and Jones brings together some of today's most prominent researchers active in personality research today to write for students. The book consists of invited chapters, organized into two main sections around basic issues and research topics. This organization, which mirrors that of scientific journals, acquaints students with the ways in which researchers in personality psychology conduct their work. Suitable for both undergraduate or graduate courses in Personality.


  • NEW! New Chapter 7, "Personality Structure," (by Robert McCrae of the Gerontology Research Center and co-creator of the NEO) illustrates how personality traits are organized around the fundamental "Five Factor" model.
  • While each chapter has been written by a different expert in the field, Derlga, Winstead, and Jones have carefully edited all chapters to achieve a consistency throughout the book, and have ensured that all chapters follow a similar organizational and pedagogical template as follows: an historical overview; clear definitions; methodological issues; review of research topics in an area; detailed description of a particular research program and how research on that topic is conducted; a chapter summary; five to seven discussion questions; an Activity Box; annotated suggested reading list; references; and a suggested web sites list.
  • "Activity Boxes" featured in every chapter illustrate the real-life applications of the chapter material.
  • A free subscription to InfoTrac College Edition, which now includes InfoWrite, comes with every new copy of Derlega's text. InfoTrac College Edition is a world-class, online university library that offers the full text of articles from more than 5,000 popular and scholarly publications such as "Journal of General Psychology," "Annual Review of Psychology," and "Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin." The database is updated daily, and goes back more than 20 years. InfoWrite provides extensive resources for students writing papers offering guidelines, APA overview and suggested topics for papers. Both adopters and their students receive unlimited access for one academic term (four months). Info Trac search terms are included at the end of every chapter.
  • NEW! New Chapter 15, "Culture and Personality," (by A. Timothy Church, Washington State University) shows students the importance of culture in contemporary psychology and explores the relevance of individual differences in culture-linked variables.
  • NEW! Roy F. Baumeister's Chapter 9 features the latest research on self-concept, self esteem, and identity.
  • NEW! New Chapter on Sex and Gender by Richard A. Lippa.
  • NEW! Chapter 3, "Genetic and Environmental Influences" (by David C. Rowe and Edwin J.C.G. van den Oord) features an expanded description of evolutionary psychology and behavior genetics-increasingly important topics in psychology of personality.
  • NEW! New discussion questions, written by the contributors, appear at the end of each chapter.
  • NEW! This edition has been thoroughly revised for greater accessibility, and streamlined to included 18 chapters (vs. 19 in the previous edition), designed to increase students' interest in and retention of the material. It has been thoroughly updated with references to the latest research.
  • Derlega, Winstead, and Jones focus on contemporary theories and research rather than emphasizing classical experts such as Freud and Skinner.
  • Divided into two major sections, Part One deals with basic issues in personality, and Part Two deals with influential topics in personality. All chapters show the relevance of personality processes in understanding human behaviors.

Table of Contents


1. The Scientific Study of Personality, Mark R. Leary.
2. Personality Measurement, Stephen R. Briggs.
3. Genetic and Environmental Influences, David C. Rowe and Edwin J.C.G. van den Oord.
4. Personality: Biological Perspectives, Richard J. Davidson.
5. Personality Development, Patricia L. Waters and Jonathan M. Cheek.
6. Motives, Barbara A. Woike and Dan P. McAdams.


7. Personality Structure, Robert R. McCrae.
8. The Psychological Unconscious, Michael Nash.
9. Self-Concept, Self-Esteem, and Identity, Roy F. Baumeister.
10. Self-Awareness and Self-Consciousness, Stephen L. Franzoi and Mark H. Davis.
11. Personality and Control, Jerry M. Burger.
12. Sex and Gender, Richard A. Lippa.
13. Emotions, Rowland S. Miller.
14. Moral Character, Nicholas Emler.
15. Culture and Personality, A. Timothy Church and Fernando A. Ortiz.
16. Stress and Illness, Kathleen A. Lawler, Rebecca L. Volz, and Marina F. Martin.
17. The Interface of Personality and Relationships, Warren H. Jones and Laurie L. Couch.
18. Disorders of Personality: Diseases or Individual Differences?, James E. Maddux and Clare E. Mundell.