Integrating normal and abnormal personality structure: A proposal for DSM-V

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The personality disorders section of the American Psychiatric Association's fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-V) is currently being developed. The purpose of the current paper is to encourage the authors of DSM-V to integrate normal and abnormal personality structure within a common, integrative model, and to suggest that the optimal choice for such an integration would be the five-factor model (FFM) of general personality structure. A proposal for the classification of personality disorder from the perspective of the FFM is provided. Discussed as well are implications and issues associated with an FFM of personality disorder, including validity, coverage, feasibility, clinical utility, and treatment implications.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)338-363
Number of pages26
JournalJournal of Personality Disorders
Issue number3
StatePublished - 2011

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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