Type D personality is associated with maladaptive health-related behaviours

Julie Gilmour, Lynn Williams

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Type D personality (the combination of negative affect and social inhibition) is associated with poor prognosis in cardiac patients. The current study aims to investigate the relationship between Type D and health-related behaviours. In a cross-sectional study, 200 healthy participants completed measures of Type D personality, and health-related behaviours. The results showed that Type D individuals engaged in more unhealthy behaviours including smoking, poor diet and lack of physical activity than non-Type D individuals. The association between Type D personality and maladaptive health behaviours may represent one mechanism to explain the link between Type D and ill-health.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)471-478
JournalJournal of Health Psychology
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 5 Oct 2011


  • type D personality
  • health-related behaviours


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