Personality profile of kidney transplant patients: the alternative five factor model
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Personality, kidney transplantation, biobehavioral sciences, population surveillance.

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Costa-Requena G, Valero Ventura S, Moreso FJ, Parramon G, Seron D, Gomà-i-Freixanet M. Personality profile of kidney transplant patients: the alternative five factor model. Rev. Colomb. Nefrol. [Internet]. 2020 Jul. 6 [cited 2021 Dec. 3];7(1):36-43. Available from:


Background: There is limited research on personality traits that characterized kidney transplant patients. The aim of this study was to describe personality profile of kidney transplant patients using the Alternative Five Factor Model (AFFM), and compared it with the Spanish standard population.

Method: Personality was assessed using the Zuckerman-Kuhlman Personality Questionnaire (ZKPQ). A sample of 207 kidney transplant patients was matched by age and gender with 207 standard range controls. A logistic regression analyses was utilized to study the contribution of each ZKPQ dimension to describe the distinctive transplant patient’s profile.

Results: Significant differences were showed in Neuroticism-Anxiety (p=.001), Aggression-Hostility (p=.009), and Activity (p=.001) dimensions, with lower scores on transplant patients compared with standard population. But Sociability (p=.024) was significantly higher on kidney transplant patients. In logistic regression analysis low scores on Neuroticism-Anxiety (p=.005) and Activity (p=.001) were the significant predictors to characterize personality traits of kidney transplant patients.

Conclusions: Kidney transplant patients had a differential profile under the AFFM compared to standardrange sample, with lower scores on Neuroticism-Anxiety and Activity dimensions.
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