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An Integration of Normal and Abnormal Personality Structure: The Five-Factor Model

Thomas A. Widiger, Douglas B. Samuel, Stephanie Mullins-Sweatt, Whitney L. Gore and Cristina Crego

in The Oxford Handbook of Personality Disorders

Published in print September 2012 | ISBN: 9780199735013
Published online November 2012 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199735013.013.0005

Series: Oxford Library of Psychology

 An Integration of Normal and Abnormal Personality Structure: The Five-Factor Model

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It is evident that the conceptualization, diagnosis, and classification of personality disorder is shifting toward a dimensional model and, more specifically, the Five-Factor Model (FFM) in particular. The purpose of this chapter is to provide an overview of the FFM of personality disorder. It will begin with a description of this dimensional model of normal and abnormal personality functioning, along with a brief overview of its empirical support. This will be followed by a discussion of its potential advantages, and a comparison with the current proposals for DSM-5.

Keywords: five-factor model; dimensional; trait; personality; personality disorder; DSM-IV-TR; DSM-5

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Subjects: Psychology ; Clinical Psychology

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