The welfare trait: Hans Eysenck, personality and social issues

  title={The welfare trait: Hans Eysenck, personality and social issues},
  author={Adam M. Perkins},
  journal={Personality and Individual Differences},
  • A. Perkins
  • Published 1 December 2016
  • Psychology
  • Personality and Individual Differences
Abstract Inspired by Hans Eysenck's belief that personality research can provide insights on societal problems, this article summarises a theory – the Welfare Trait – which attempts to explain the tendency of the welfare state to erode work motivation. This theory stems from the discovery that exposure to disadvantage during childhood promotes the development of employment-resistant personality characteristics. If true, this discovery matters because it means a welfare state which sets up… Expand
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