Passive-Aggressive Personality Disorder: The Demise of a Syndrome

Scott Wetzler and Anita Jose

in The Oxford Handbook of Personality Disorders

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

Series: Oxford Library of Psychology

 Passive-Aggressive Personality Disorder: The Demise of a Syndrome

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This chapter discusses the history of passive-aggressive personality disorder (PAPD; also negativistic personality disorder) from its genesis in a military context to its changing definitions in various iterations of the DSM, including the construct as proposed in the DSM-5. Definitions of the term over time, theoretical underpinnings, and empirical findings of the construct are discussed. The chapter addresses some of the perceived objections to PAPD as a diagnostic construct, describes biopsychosocial conceptualizations, and briefly describes interventions for PAPD. Finally, the authors propose an updated definition of PAPD based on a review of the research.

Keywords: DSM-5; negativistic personality disorder (NegPD); passive-aggressive personality disorder (PAPD); passive-aggression

Article.  15104 words. 

Subjects: Psychology ; Clinical Psychology

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