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Personality Disorders: Toward Theoretical and Empirical Integration in Diagnosis and Assessment

by Steven K Huprich American Psychological Association
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What are personality disorders? How should they be conceptualized, and how should they be assessed and diagnosed in clinical practice?

For over a century these questions have been at the heart of psychological science. Yet even today, as the recent controversy over proposed changes to the classification of personality disorders in DSM-5 attests, there is hardly consensus on the answers.

This groundbreaking text offers a comprehensive and provocative tour of a field that is ripe for integration. Contributors who rank among the world's most prestigious clinical and personality psychologists guide readers through the state of our knowledge of personality disorders, from conceptual and theoretical concerns to the practical problems faced by assessing clinicians. They address the advantages and disadvantages of categorical and dimensional approaches to diagnosing personality pathology used in the standard diagnostic manuals, as well as the "hybrid" model described in Section III of DSM-5.

Recent advances in statistical, methodological, and biogenetic research strategies are applied to the study of personality disorders, with a focus on clinical and empirical approaches to assessment and diagnosis. Theorists describe how psychodynamic, attachment, interpersonal, evolutionary, and cognitive processing approaches offer surprisingly similar models of conceptualizing and treating personality disorders.


Introduction: Personality Disorders Into the 21st Century
Steven K. Huprich

I. Current Issues in the Diagnosis and Assessment of Personality Disorders
1.The Value of Retaining Personality Disorder Diagnoses
Kenneth R. Silk
2.A Critical Evaluation of Retaining Personality Categories and Types
Douglas B. Samuel and Sarah A. Griffin
3.The Role of Traits in Describing, Assessing, and Understanding Personality Pathology
Kristian E. Markon and Katherine G. Jonas
4.A Critical Evaluation of Moving Toward a Trait System for Personality Disorder Assessment
Kevin B. Meehan and John F. Clarkin

II. Research and Assessment Strategies
5.At the Nexus of Science and Practice: Answering Basic Clinical Questions in Personality Disorder Assessment and Diagnosis With Quantitative Modeling Techniques
Aidan G. C. Wright and Johannes Zimmermann
6.Lessons Learned from Longitudinal Studies of Personality Disorders
Alex S. Keuroghlian and Mary C. Zanarini
7.Biological Bases of Personality Disorders
Susan C. South
8.Object Relations Theories and Personality Disorders: Internal Representations and Defense Mechanisms
Caleb Siefert and Jonathan H. Porcerelli
9.Integrating Clinical and Empirical Perspectives on Personality: The Shedler–Westen Assessment Procedure (SWAP)
Jonathan Shedler
10.Assessing Explicit and Implicit Processes in Personality Pathology
Irving B. Weiner
11.Process-Focused Assessment of Personality Pathology
Robert F. Bornstein

III. Moving Toward Integrated and Unified Models of Personality Disorders and Pathology
12.An Integrative, Psychodynamic Framework of Personality Pathology
Patrick Luyten and Sidney J. Blatt
13.An Integrative Attachment Theory Framework of Personality Disorders
Kenneth N. Levy, J. Wesley Scala, Christina M. Temes, and Tracy L. Clouthier
14.An Integrative Interpersonal Framework for Understanding Personality Pathology
Nicole M. Cain and Emily B. Ansell
15.An Integrating and Comprehensive Model of Personality Pathology Based on Evolutionary Theory
Theodore Millon and Stephen Strack
16.The Cognitive–Affective Processing System Model of Personality Pathology: Ready-Made for Theoretical Integration
Steven K. Huprich and Sharon M. Nelson
17.The Link Between Personality Theory and Psychological Treatment: A Shifting Terrain
John F. Clarkin, Nicole M. Cain, and W. John Livesley


About the Editor

GÇ£A critically important addition to professional and academic library collections.n++? GÇô Midwest Book ReviewGÇ£A state-of-the-art, comprehensive review of PDs…an important book and a milestone.n++? - PsycCRITIQUES

Steven K. Huprich, PhD, is a professor and director of clinical training at Wichita State University. He is the editor of the Journal of Personality Assessment and the 2013 recipient of the Theodore Millon Award in Personality Psychology.

Dr. Huprich also serves as the secretary/treasurer for the International Society for the Study of Personality Disorders. He has authored nearly 100 peer-reviewed publications and chapters and more than 200 presentations, as well as five other books. His work includes a book on the use of the Rorschach Inkblot Test to assess personality disorders, a general textbook on clinical psychology, an edited text on integrating personality assessment with DSM–5, important concepts for new therapists in treating narcissistic personalities, and a text on the conceptual and empirical foundations of psychodynamic psychotherapy.

Dr. Huprich has also published on the assessment of interpersonal dependency and relational influences on the assessment of borderline personality disorder. He also has written about and presented on ways in which to integrate the manner by which personality disorders are conceptualized and assessed.