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Individual Differences, Health and Illness: The Role of Emotional Traits and Generalized Expectancies

Individual Differences, Health and Illness: The Role of Emotional Traits and Generalized Expectancies

Individual differences, health and illness: The role of emotional traits and generalized expectancies


Interest in the role of personality in physical health and illness has generated a large volume of speculation, theory, and empirical research. This work has become increasingly sophisticated, both in the types of questions that are asked and in the conceptual and methodological tools being used in the search for answers. We begin this chapter with a discussion of general issues regarding the relationship between personality and physical health. We then review research on a selection of individual difference constructs that have been of particular interest to health researchers, including both emotional dispositions and social-cognitive attributes. We conclude by highlighting ...

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