Social Factors in the Personality Disorders: A Biopsychosocial Approach to Etiology and Treatment / Edition 1

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Overview

Personality disorders have been described as "the stepchildren of psychiatry." They have only recently been recognized as categories of psychiatric illness, and still need to be better defined. So far only the category of antisocial personality disorder has been fully validated, while schizotypal and borderline categories now have reasonable acceptance. This book interprets the personality disorders as products of the interaction between social influences and other etiological factors as part of a broad biopsychosocial model, and sets out to explain how personality traits develop into personality disorders. Strongly oriented towards recent empirical findings, the author's analysis leads him to question certain common assumptions about the origins of personality disorders, and in particular the simplistic notion that they may be traced back to dramatic childhood events. He argues that although biological, psychological, and social factors are all necessary, none of them is by itself sufficient to produce personality disorder. This basic model is also a model of treatment, in which biological, experiential, and social factors should all be addressed in therapy, and his treatment recommendations focus particularly on social adjustment through the adaptive use of personality traits. Illustrated with revealing case vignettes, this balanced, humane, and rational account of a difficult and sometimes contentious area will greatly assist clinicians in the understanding and treatment of individuals with personality disorder.

The book contains black-and-white illustrations.

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Editorial Reviews

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Reviewer: Kelly E. Arduino, MA, LCPC (Rush University Medical Center)
Description: This book presents the biopsychosocial theory of the etiology of personality disorders. The bulk of the book is devoted to the social and psychological factors that interact to develop personality patterns, followed by a two chapter section on clinical treatment.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide a comprehensive description of the biopsychosocial approach to personality disorders, present potential clinical applications of the theory, and provide testable hypothesis for future research. Although this book does present the information that it espouses to provide, the book could hardly be called comprehensive, because it presents information in brief (approximately 3-4 paragraphs) summaries.
Audience: For the psychiatrist, psychologist, or practitioner, this book provides a quick overview of often overlooked social and/or psychological factors in the development of personality disorders. The presentation of theory and research in this book is simple and clear. However, this book lacks in-depth descriptions of empirical research that would be of interest to the serious theorist and researcher.
Features: The author cites an appropriate number of references, many of which are defining articles in the field and can be consulted for further exploration.
Assessment: This book does an excellent job of stressing the importance of social and psychological factors in personality disorder development and provides a refreshingly hopeful, yet realistic framework for the treatment of personality disorders in a concise manner. The information is presented in clear, simple language and would be used in an introductory course or by a practitioner not interested in the nuances of research. I think that this book is overpriced at $54.95, given the lack of in-depth information that it provides.
Kelly E. Arduino
This book presents the biopsychosocial theory of the etiology of personality disorders. The bulk of the book is devoted to the social and psychological factors that interact to develop personality patterns, followed by a two chapter section on clinical treatment. The purpose is to provide a comprehensive description of the biopsychosocial approach to personality disorders, present potential clinical applications of the theory, and provide testable hypothesis for future research. Although this book does present the information that it espouses to provide, the book could hardly be called comprehensive, because it presents information in brief (approximately 3-4 paragraphs) summaries. For the psychiatrist, psychologist, or practitioner, this book provides a quick overview of often overlooked social and/or psychological factors in the development of personality disorders. The presentation of theory and research in this book is simple and clear. However, this book lacks in-depth descriptions of empirical research that would be of interest to the serious theorist and researcher. The author cites an appropriate number of references, many of which are defining articles in the field and can be consulted for further exploration. This book does an excellent job of stressing the importance of social and psychological factors in personality disorder development and provides a refreshingly hopeful, yet realistic framework for the treatment of personality disorders in a concise manner. The information is presented in clear, simple language and would be used in an introductory course or by a practitioner not interested in the nuances of research. I think that this book is overpriced at $54.95,given the lack of in-depth information that it provides.

3 Stars from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521472241
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 5/28/1996
  • Series: Studies in Social and Community Psychiatry Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 229
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.98 (h) x 0.71 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword
Introduction
Acknowledgments
1 Overview 1
2 Personality Traits and Personality Disorders 18
3 Biological Factors 31
4 Psychological Factors 40
5 Social Factors - Methods 64
6 Social Factors - Mechanisms 73
7 A Biopsychosocial Model of the Personality Disorders 95
8 The Odd Cluster 102
9 The Impulsive Cluster 110
10 The Anxious Cluster 134
11 Treatment 144
12 Clinical Practice 161
Epilogue: Summary and Research Implications 189
References 193
Index 225
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