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Assessment and Diagnosis of Personality Disorders


  • 36 tables
  • Page extent: 244 pages
  • Size: 229 x 152 mm
  • Weight: 0.36 kg


 (ISBN-13: 9780521041669)

The diagnosis and assessment of personality disorders has lagged considerably behind that of most other mental disorders. However, the IPDE is an instrument which is compatible, through two modules, with both ICD-10 and DSM-IV criteria. In the form of a semi-structured clinical interview, it provides a means of measuring major categories of personality disorders which have been previously ignored. It is also unique in that it seeks to secure reliable and uniform diagnosis which is both internationally and cross-culturally acceptable. Written by leading international authorities, this volume forms an invaluable reference manual to the IPDE instrument and its development. Its first section includes an overview of the worldwide field trials of the interview and aspects of epidemiology which affect the current status of diagnosis and assessment research. The second section detailing the full interview schedule and scoring system for the instrument will further facilitate its use by both clinician and researcher.

• A semi-structured clinical interview, providing more reliable diagnosis of personality disorders in a variety of cultures • Overview by leading international authorities of the status of research on assessment and diagnosis • A major advance in extending the scope of psychiatric diagnosis and treatment


Contributors; Preface Armand W. Loranger, Aleksandar Janca and Norman Sartorius; Acknowledgements; Part I. Background and Field Trial; Section 1. Background: 1. Problems in the field of personality disorder Alv A. Dahl and Antonio Andreoli; 2. Review of diagnostic instruments for the assessment of personality disorders Armand W. Loranger; 3. Epidemiology of DSM-III personality disorders in the community and in clinical populations James H. Reich and Giovanni de Girolamo; 4. International personality disorder examination (IPDE) Armand W. Loranger; 5. Experiences with the IPDE Alv A. Dahl and Antonio Andreoli; Section 2. Field Trial: 6. Sampling, interviewers, interview procedures Werner Mombour; 7. Description of centres participating in the IPDE field trial Aleksandar Janca and Charles Pull; 8. Results Armand W. Loranger; 9. Discussion and conclusions Armand W. Loranger; Appendix; Part II. International Personality Disorder Examination (IPDE) ICD-10 module; Index.


Armand W. Loranger, Aleksandar Janca, Norman Sartorius, Alv A. Dahl, Antonio Andreoli, James H. Reich, Giovanni de Girolamo, Werner Mombour, Charles Pull

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