A dimensional model of personality disorder


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Abstract

Purpose of reviewResearch planning workgroups sponsored by the American Psychiatric Association have called for the development of a dimensional model of personality disorder for a future edition of the diagnostic manual.Recent findingsThis paper provides a brief summary of current research relevant to the proposal to integrate basic science research on the five-factor model of general personality structure with the diagnosis of personality disorders. Recent studies and the particular advantages of a five-factor model of personality disorder are presented.SummaryFuture editions of diagnostic manuals will move toward a more dimensional model of personality disorder classification. Clinicians will benefit from a greater familiarity with this approach to diagnosis, as researchers continue to develop their validity and clinical utility.Abbreviations DSM: Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders; FFM: five-factor model.

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