Journal article

TAXOMIETRIC EVIDENCE FOR THE DIMENSIONAL STRUCTURE OF CLUSTER-C, PARANOID, AND BORDERLINE PERSONALITY DISORDERS

Arnoud Arntz, David Bernstein, Dominique Gielen, Myrthe van Nieuwenhuyzen, Krystle Penders, Nick Haslam, John Ruscio

JOURNAL OF PERSONALITY DISORDERS | GUILFORD PUBLICATIONS INC | Published : 2009

Abstract

Despite a lively debate about the dimensional vs. categorical nature of Personality Disorders (PDs), direct empirical tests of the underlying structure are missing for most PDs. Taxometrics can be used to investigate whether latent structures are categorical or dimensional. We investigated the latent structure underlying Avoidant, Dependent, Obsessive-Compulsive, Depressive, Paranoid, and Borderline PD by means of three types of taxometric analyses. SCID-II based DSM-IV PD criterion scores from 1,816 patients from Mental Health and Forensic Institutes, and 63 nonpatients, were analyzed with three types of taxometric analyses. MAMBAC, MAXEIG, and L-MODE taxometric analyses were applied on mul..

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