Does Having a Dysfunctional Personality Hurt Your Career? Axis II Personality Disorders and Labor Market Outcomes
Susan L. Ettner
Harvard Medical School
Johanna Catherine Maclean
University of Pennsylvania
University of Miami - Sociology
Industrial Relations: A Journal of Economy and Society, Vol. 50, No. 1, pp. 149-173, 2010
Despite recent interest in how psychiatric disorders affect work outcomes, little is known about the role of personality disorders (PDs), which are poorly understood yet prevalent (15%) and impairing. We used nationally representative data for 12,457 men and 16,061 women to examine associations of PDs with any employment, full-time employment, chronic unemployment, being fired or laid off, and having trouble with a boss or co-worker. Antisocial, paranoid, and obsessive-compulsive PDs demonstrated the broadest patterns of associations with adverse outcomes. Findings suggest that PDs may have implications for the productivity of co-workers as well as that of the disordered employees themselves.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 25Accepted Paper Series
Date posted: January 1, 2011
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