Social emotional adjustment and interpersonal problems: A circumplex analysis of the weinberger adjustment typology

Aaron L. Pincus, Laura F. Boekman

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Abstract

Weinberger's typological model of social-emotional adjustment was described. The model's six adjustment types were evaluated within the context of the interpersonal problems circumplex in a sample of 306 young adult college students. Diagnostic features of precise circumplex measurement were used to distinguish adjustment types. Substantive features of the interpersonal problems circumplex were used to describe differential characteristics of interpersonal dysfunction across adjustment types. Differential endorsementrates of psychological symptoms across adjustment types were also examined. The validityof the social-emotional adjustment typology was supported. Based on previous research on interpersonal problems, psychotherapy response, and attachment styles, implications for the typology regarding the development of psychopathology and psychotherapeutic interventions are discussed. We conclude that the Weinberger types represent a useful, person-centered typological model in which to integrate developmental, personality, and clinical perspectives on social-emotional adjustment.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)65-80
Number of pages16
JournalAssessment
Volume2
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 1995

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Applied Psychology

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