Advancing the assessment of personality pathology with the cognitive-affective processing system

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2015-09-03
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Huprich, Steven K.
Nelson, Sharon M.
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Huprich, Steven K.; Nelson, Sharon M. 2015. Advancing the assessment of personality pathology with the cognitive-affective processing system. Journal of Personality Assessment, vol. 97:no. 5:pp 467-477

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The Cognitive-Affective Processing System (CAPS) is a dynamic and expansive model of personalityproposedby Mischel and Shoda (1995) that incorporates dispositional and processing frameworks by considering the interaction of the individual and the situation, and the patterns of variation that result. These patterns of cognition, affect, and behavior are generally defined through the use of if ... then statements, and provide a rich understanding of the individual across varying levels of assessment. In this article, we describe the CAPS model and articulate ways in which it can be applied to conceptualizing and assessing personality pathology. We suggest that the CAPS model is an ideal framework that integrates a number of current theories of personality pathology, and simultaneously overcomes a number of limits that have been empirically identified in the past.

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