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Chapter 9: Personality Disorders

Chapter Overview

In Chapter 9, we will discuss matters related to personality disorders to include their clinical presentation, epidemiology, comorbidity, etiology, and treatment options. Our discussion will include Cluster A personality disorders of paranoid, schizoid, and schizotypal; Cluster B personality disorders of antisocial, borderline, histrionic, and narcissistic; and Cluster C personality disorders of avoidant, dependent, and obsessive-compulsive. As always, be sure you refer Chapters 1-3 for explanations of key terms (Chapter 1), an overview of the various models to explain psychopathology (Chapter 2), and descriptions of the various therapies (Chapter 3).

Chapter Outline

  • 9.1 Overview of Clusters
  • 9.2. Cluster A personality disorders
  • 9.3 Cluster B personality disorders
  • 9.4 Cluster C personality disorders
  • 9.5 Comorbidity and etiology

Chapter Learning Outcomes

  • Describe how personality disorders present and be able to distinguish between each.
  • Identify the disorders included in each cluster and the characterization of each cluster.
  • Describe the epidemiology of personality disorders.
  • Describe comorbidity in relation to personality disorders.
  • Describe the etiology of personality disorders.
  • Describe treatment options for personality disorders.


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