Dimensional characteristics of DSM-IV personality disorders in a large epidemiological sample

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Moran P, Coffey C, Mann A, Carlin JB, Patton GC. Dimensional characteristics of DSM-IV personality disorders in a large epidemiological sample.

Acta Psychiatr Scand 2006: 1–4. © 2006 Blackwell Munksgaard. Objective: 

To assess the five-factor model (FFM) characteristics of young adults with Diagnostic Statistical Manual-IV (DSM-IV) personality disorders in a large community study. Method: 

As part of the eighth wave of a cohort study, 1469 young adults (mean age: 24 years) completed the NEO-five factor inventory, 1145 of whom also had an informant-based personality disorder assessment. Results: 

The prevalence of personality disorder was 18.6% (95% CI: 16.5–20.7). There were consistent positive associations with neuroticism and negative associations with agreeableness across all three clusters of personality disorder. Conclusion: 

In young adults, high neuroticism and low agreeableness are consistent dimensional characteristics of all personality disorder clusters.

Keywords: personality; personality assessment; personality disorder

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1600-0447.2005.00739.x

Affiliations: 1: Health Services Research Department, Institute of Psychiatry, London, UK 2: Centre for Adolescent Health, Murdoch Childrens Research Institute, Parkville, Victoria, Australia 3: Section of Epidemiology, Institute of Psychiatry, London, UK 4: Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics Unit, Murdoch Children's Research Institute, and Department of Paediatrics, University of Melbourne, Parkville, Victoria, Australia

Publication date: March 1, 2006

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