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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: 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.