Does Having a Dysfunctional Personality Hurt Your Career? Axis II Personality Disorders and Labor Market Outcomes

25 Pages Posted: 1 Jan 2011  

Susan L. Ettner

Harvard Medical School

Johanna Catherine Maclean

University of Pennsylvania

Michael T. French

University of Miami - Sociology

Abstract

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.

Suggested Citation

Ettner, Susan L. and Maclean, Johanna Catherine and French, Michael T., Does Having a Dysfunctional Personality Hurt Your Career? Axis II Personality Disorders and Labor Market Outcomes. Industrial Relations: A Journal of Economy and Society, Vol. 50, No. 1, pp. 149-173, 2010. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1732978 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1468-232X.2010.00629.x

Susan L. Ettner (Contact Author)

Harvard Medical School ( email )

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Johanna Catherine Maclean

University of Pennsylvania ( email )

Michael T. French

University of Miami - Sociology ( email )

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United States
305-284-6039 (Phone)

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