A Dimensional Model of Personality Disorder: Proposal for DSM-V

Thomas A. Widiger, Jennifer Ruth Lowe

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A proposal made for DSM-IV was to include a means with which to provide a dimensional profile of a patient in terms of the diagnostic categories. However, a suggestion of the DSM-V Research Planning Conference on personality disorders was to develop a more fundamental revision through an integration of alternative dimensional models of personality disorder and general personality structure. A purpose of the current article is to provide this proposal. Also discussed is a primary concern with respect to the implementation of any such dimensional model: clinical utility. Discussed in particular are concerns regarding feasibility and treatment implications.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)363-378
Number of pages16
JournalPsychiatric Clinics of North America
Issue number3
StatePublished - Sep 2008

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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