The DSM-III Personality Disorders: Perspectives From Psychology

Thomas A. Widiger, Allen Frances

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Although psychiatry and psychology have shared an interest in the classification of personality throughout the history of both professions, the efforts of each have largely been independent, with little collaboration or communication. We attempt to bridge this gap by describing a number of research programs in psychology that have implications for the psychiatric diagnosis of personality disorders. We discuss in particular the prototypal model of categorization, the use of behavioral indicators, the identification of prototypic acts, the aggregation of behavior across time and situations, the dimensional model of classification, and the interpersonal circumplex.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)615-623
Number of pages9
JournalArchives of General Psychiatry
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 1985

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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