Dimensions of personality pathology in adolescents: Relations to DSM-IV personality disorder symptoms

N.B. Tromp, H.M. Koot

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Abstract

The aim of the present study was to relate and compare two approaches to personality pathology in adolescents. Dimensions of personality pathology, assessed by the Dimensional Assessment of Personality Pathology-Basic Questionnaire for Adolescents (DAPP-BQ-A; Tromp & Koot, 2008), were related to DSM-IV personality disorder (PD) symptoms in 168 adolescents referred for mental health services. Correlational analyses revealed that the DAPP-BQ-A higher- and lower-order dimensions were related to PD symptoms in predictable ways. Regression analyses showed that for all but three PDs (Schizoid, Schizotypal, and Passive-Aggressive), lower-order dimensions accounted for unique variance, after controlling for gender, age, and co-occurring PD symptoms. It is concluded that dimensional assessment may provide valuable information on adolescent personality pathology, and facilitate the study of developmental antecedents of adult personality pathology. © 2009 The Guilford Press.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)514-527
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Personality Disorders
Volume23
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2009

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