Thomas A. Widiger

in The Oxford Handbook of Personality Disorders

Published in print September 2012 | ISBN: 9780199735013
Published online November 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Library of Psychology


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This article presents an overview of the book's six parts. Part I provides historical background and a discussion of the diagnosis and assessment of personality disorders. Part II deals with the construct validity support for personality disorders. It covers research concerning behavior and molecular genetics, childhood antecedents, epidemiology, gender, co-occurrence among the personality disorders, co-occurrence with other mental disorders, universality, and course. Part III concerns alternative models for the pathology of personality disorders. Part IV covers individual personality disorder types or particular constellations of maladaptive personality traits. These include all of the types included currently within DSM-IV-TR and likely to remain in DSM-5 (e.g., borderline and antisocial). Part V discusses treatment and Part VI concludes.

Keywords: personality disorders; construct validity; maladaptive personality traits

Article.  6285 words. 

Subjects: Psychology ; Clinical Psychology

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