Defining disordered personality functioning

Gordon Parker*, Lindsay Both, Amanda Olley, Dusan Hadzi-Pavlovic, Penelope Irvine, George Jacobs

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Current definitions of the PDs commonly combine descriptors of personality style and disordered personality functioning. This leads to artefactual comorbidity of formally separate disorders and compromising of diagnostic precision. We suggest that measurement of disordered functioning alone might provide a more efficient and precise first-level measure of PD. We review candidate constructs for the definition of disordered functioning and consider how constructs might be refined in subsequent research and lead to applied measures.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)503-522
Number of pages20
JournalJournal of Personality Disorders
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2002
Externally publishedYes


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