Big Five Model and Personality Disorders

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This article provides a description and discussion of the Big Five model of personality disorder diagnosis. How a Big Five classification of personality disorder addresses fundamental limitations of the current categorical model is discussed, including the heterogeneity of persons receiving the same diagnosis, excessive diagnostic co-occurrence, inadequate coverage, inadequate scientific base, and arbitrary diagnostic thresholds. A four-step procedure for a Big Five personality disorder diagnosis is provided, along with an abbreviated version, including explicit diagnostic criteria for facets of neuroticism.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEncyclopedia of Human Behavior
Subtitle of host publicationSecond Edition
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9780123750006
StatePublished - Jan 1 2012

Bibliographical note

Publisher Copyright:
© 2012 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.


  • Agreeableness
  • Big Five
  • Categorical
  • Classification
  • Conscientiousness
  • Diagnosis
  • Dimensional
  • Extraversion
  • Five-factor model
  • Neuroticism
  • Personality disorder

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Psychology


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