Personality functioning in patients with avoidant personality disorder and social phobia

I. Eikenaes, B. Hummelen, G. Abrahamsen, H. Andrea, T. Wilberg

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Avoidant personality disorder (APD) and social phobia (SP) are closely related, such that they are suggested to represent different severity levels of one social anxiety disorder. This cross-sectional study aimed to compare patients with APD to patients with SP, with particular focus on personality dysfunction. Ninety-one adult patients were examined by diagnostic interviews and self-report measures, including the Index of Self-Esteem and the Severity Indices of Personality Problems. Patients were categorized in three groups; SP without APD (n = 20), APD without SP (n = 15), and APD with SP (n = 56). Compared to patients with SP without APD, patients with APD reported more symptom disorders, psychosocial problems, criteria of personality disorders, and personality dysfunction regarding self-esteem, identity and relational problems. These results indicate that APD involves more severe and broader areas of personality dysfunction than SP, supporting the conceptualization of APD as a personality disorder as proposed for DSM-5.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)746-763
JournalJournal of Personality Disorders
Volume27
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2013

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Eikenaes, I. ; Hummelen, B. ; Abrahamsen, G. ; Andrea, H. ; Wilberg, T. / Personality functioning in patients with avoidant personality disorder and social phobia. In: Journal of Personality Disorders. 2013 ; Vol. 27, No. 6. pp. 746-763.
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Personality functioning in patients with avoidant personality disorder and social phobia. / Eikenaes, I.; Hummelen, B.; Abrahamsen, G.; Andrea, H.; Wilberg, T.

In: Journal of Personality Disorders, Vol. 27, No. 6, 2013, p. 746-763.

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