Date of Submission


Degree Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Psychology (PsyD)



Department Chair

Robert A DiTomasso, PhD, ABPP

First Advisor

Bradley M Rosenfield, PsyD

Second Advisor

Robert A DiTomasso, PhD, ABPP

Third Advisor

Patrick McElwaine, PsyD


Inpatient behavioral-health hospital admission has become an important therapeutic option for severely ill psychiatric patients and accounts for one third of the national mental-healthcare costs. After discharge, approximately 40% of patients with psychiatric problems are rehospitalized within 1 year of release from an inpatient behavioral-health hospital. Currently, no clear agreement exists within the psychology field as to which variables predict readmission. Identifying personal values and personality traits in assessment may be beneficial to help understand individual’s better, thereby informing treatment planning to help reduce the rate of readmission. The present study examined the relationship between personal values and personality traits in an inpatient behavioral hospital. The sample consisted of patients from a behavioral-health hospital in the northeastern region of the United States. Data were collected from 101 adult participants during their stay at the hospital from September 2015 to August 2016. The current study used a cross-sectional, correlational design to determine the relationship between scores on the Ten Item Personality Inventory (TIPI; Gosling, Rentfrow, & Swann, 2003) and the Personal Values Card Sort (Miller, Matthews, & Willbourne, 2001). The analysis revealed no significant correlation between personal values and personality traits for this inpatient sample. The personal value of family was found to be the most prevalent personal value, with 47 of 101 participants choosing family as one of their top five personal values. Additionally, none of the five personality traits on the TIPI were highly correlated, demonstrating evidence for psychometric validity of the TIPI for this inpatient sample. These results indicate the independent contributions of both the TIPI and Personal Values Card Sort, as well as the importance of considering the value of family to inform the assessment and treatment, in addition to increasing motivation in behavioral-hospital inpatients.