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The Dependent Personality

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This volume fills a significant gap in the literature by presenting a comprehensive and detailed review of what is known about the antecedents, correlates, and consequences of dependency.

The volume opens with a review of theoretical frameworks that have influenced previous research on dependency. An overview and critique of commonly used assessment techniques contrasts the strengths and weaknesses of objective, projective, behavioral and interview-based dependency scales. ...

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Overview

This volume fills a significant gap in the literature by presenting a comprehensive and detailed review of what is known about the antecedents, correlates, and consequences of dependency.

The volume opens with a review of theoretical frameworks that have influenced previous research on dependency. An overview and critique of commonly used assessment techniques contrasts the strengths and weaknesses of objective, projective, behavioral and interview-based dependency scales. Chapters covering etiology deal with the development of dependency at various stages of the life cycle and allow for comparison of the predictive validities of two important theoretical frameworks: the psychoanalytic and social learning models. Social and interpersonal consequences are considered, with attention to both the person's behavior and its effect on others. The chapter on psychopathological dependency thoroughly covers the enormous amount of research on this subject. Dependent personality disorder is next addressed, as well as the relationship of dependency to risk for physical disorders, followed by a discussion of dependent individuals as psychiatric and medical patients. In the concluding chapter, Bornstein presents a new theoretical model, expanding on the traditional view of dependency as a deficit to encompass the positive, adaptive qualities of dependent individuals as well.

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"An admirably comprehensive, probing, and clear review of the research literature on individual differences in dependency. Besides demonstrating that the literature is surprisingly coherent and that it converges on important insights into human social behavior, Bornstein's thoughtful review of more than 700 sources proves that behavioral science research can, in the right hands, be made to yield conclusions of deep and lasting significance. The book will be of great interest and value to personality theorists, researchers, methodologists, and clinicians." --Phillip R. Shaver, Ph.D., University of California, Davis

"Wonderfully clear, integrative and critical research review from diverse fields of psychology. Integrates findings with theory. Should be valuable to anyone interested in this important dimension of personality. I gained renewed appreciation of the dependent personality, and I'm sure other researchers and clinicians, as well as their graduate students, will find this book of value." --Harold Cook, Ph.D., Teachers College, Columbia University; President of the Psychoanalytic Research Society

"A landmark integration of extensive theoretical, clinical and research literature on the etiology and development, as well as the clinical, social, and interpersonal consequences of dependency. A major contribution demonstrating how the concept of personality or character style offers an integrative theoretical structure for linking normal and pathological psychological development." --Sidney J. Blatt, Ph.D., Yale University

Bulletin of the Menninger Clinic

"This book makes a substantial contribution to understanding dependency. The author synthesizes a huge research literature and distills the primary conceptual threads into an integrated theoretical model."--Bulletin of the Menninger Clinic
The Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease

"This book provides an authoritative and comprehensive overview of dependency. It is a well-balanced combination of the theoretical and research findings pertaining to the dependent personality...is a highly recommended as an excellent overview of the vast dependency literature."--The Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease
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A detailed review of what is known about the antecedents, correlates, and consequences of dependency, encompassing personality development, social cognition and behavior, and the etiology and psychodynamics of psychopathology. Mental health practitioners in various capacities will be interested in treatment of issues such as the supervisory relationship, psychological processes associated with hospitalization and discharge, and psychotherapy initiation and termination. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780898629910
  • Publisher: Guilford Publications, Inc.
  • Publication date: 5/28/1993
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.63 (d)

Meet the Author


Robert F. Bornstein received his doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the State University of New York at Buffalo in 1986. He is currently Associate Professor of Psychology at Gettysburg College. Dr. Bornstein has published numerous articles on perception without awareness, as well as on the antecedents, dynamics, and correlates of dependent personality traits. He is the author of The Dependent Personality, a comprehensive review of the empirical literature on dependency, which will be published by Guilford Press in 1993.**
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Table of Contents

1 Dependency in Context: Conceptual and Theoretical Frameworks 1
2 Assessing Dependency 21
3 The Development of Dependency 34
4 Interpersonal Correlates of Dependency 56
5 Dependency as a Social Cue 78
6 Dependency and Psychopathology 91
7 Dependent Personality Disorder 121
8 Dependency and Physical Disorders 135
9 Dependency and Patienthood 145
10 The Dependent Personality: Toward an Integrated Theoretical Model 159
References 182
Author Index 221
Subject Index 235
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