Interaction of personality traits with social deprivation in determining…

Background Associations between personality traits, mental wellbeing and good health behaviours were examined to understand further the social and psychological context of the health divide. Methods In a cross-sectional study, 666 subjects recruited from areas of high and low socioeconomic deprivation had personality traits and mental wellbeing assessed, and lifestyle behaviours quantified. Regression models (using deprivation as a moderating variable) assessed the extent to which personality traits and mental wellbeing predicted health behaviour. Results Deprived (vs. affluent) subjects exhibited similar levels of extraversion but higher levels of neuroticism and psychoticism, more hopelessness, less sense of coherence, lower self-esteem and lower self-efficacy (all P< 0.001)

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Interaction of personality traits with social deprivation in determining…