March 1971

A Study of Personality Assets in a Rural Community

Author Affiliations

From the Department of Behavioral Sciences, Harvard School of Public Health, Boston.

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1971;24(3):244-254. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1971.01750090050007

Using epidemiological techniques, a group of psychiatrically disturbed individuals and a group of healthy, well-adjusted people were identified in a rural community. These 123 people were studied intensively for five years. Methods included psychiatric interviewing, collecting community informat and medical data, and psychological testing. A list of personality attributes which seem to equip people to deal with this particular environment was evolved.