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Epidemiology

Svenn Torgersen

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/9780199735013.013.0009

Series: Oxford Library of Psychology

 Epidemiology

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This chapter reviews the current epidemiological findings concerning personality disorders. It begins with the basic question of prevalence within the general population. Discussed more specifically are lifetime prevalence and prevalence within clinical populations. Demographic characteristics are then discussed; more specifically, gender, age, income, education, social class, marital status, urbanicity, fortunate and unfortunate situations, and quality of life. This is followed by a discussion of methodological problems for epidemiological research, and a brief discussion of the implications of the findings for the validity of individual personality disorders (and for their retention or deletion from the diagnostic manual).

Keywords: personality disorder; epidemiology; prevalence; demographic; DSM

Article.  9716 words. 

Subjects: Psychology ; Clinical Psychology

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