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Personality Disorders: Toward the DSM-V

by William O'Donohue, Scott O Lilienfeld and Katherine A Fowler SAGE Publications, Inc
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Personality Disorders: Toward the DSM-V offers a scientifically balanced evaluation of competing theoretical perspectives and nosological systems for personality disorders. Editors William T. O’Donohue, Scott O. Lilienfeld, and Katherine A. Fowler have brought together recognized authorities in the field to offer a synthesis of competing perspectives that provide readers with the richest and most nuanced assessment possible for each disorder. The result is a comprehensive, current, and critical summary of research and practice guidelines related to the personality disorders.

Focuses on controversies and alternative conceptualizations: Separate chapters are dedicated to each personality disorder and considered from various points of view.
Presents authoritative perspectives: Leading scholars and researchers in the field provide a critical evaluation of alternative perspectives on each personality disorder.
Frames the current state of personality disorder research and practice issues: Cutting edge and streamlined research is presented to be used in courses on diagnosis, assessment, psychopathology and abnormal psychology, especially those that include the DSM-IV.
Offers an integrative understanding of elusive personality categorizations: Wherever possible, case examples are offered as illustrations of each disorder’s clinical presentation.
Minimizes the use of technical terms: Each contributor takes the approach of a user-friendly summary and integration of major trends, findings, and future directions.

This is an excellent supplementary text for advanced undergraduate and graduate courses on adult psychopathology in the departments of psychology, psychiatry, social work, counseling, and marriage and family therapy

Foreword / Alternatives to DSM-IV: Axis II / Antisocial Personality Disorder and Psychopathy / Avoidant Personality Disorder / Borderline Personality Disorder / Dependent Personality Disorder / Histrionic Personality Disorder / Introduction: Personality Disorders in Perspective / Narcissistic Personality Disorder / Obsessive-Compulsive Personality Disorder / Paranoid Personality Disorder / Proposed and Possible Personality Disorder Diagnosis: Passive-Aggressive, Depressive, and Sadistic Personality Disorders / Schizoid Personality Disorder / Schizotypal Personality Disorder / Summary and Integration: A Roadmap for Future Research and Revision of the Personality Disorder Classification System

"I recommend this book to interested clinicians who wish to extend their knowedge, and to new an experienced researchers in the field of personality disorder."
Scott O. Lilienfield, Associate Professor of Psychology at Emory. His areas of expertise are directly involved with this project; they include: personality disorders and anxiety and anxiety disorders. He is the recipient of numerous awards for both research and teaching. He authored an abnormal psych textbook for Wadsworth. He is founder and editor of the journal Scientific Review of Mental Health Practice . .