Personality in DSM-5: Helping delineate personality disorder content and framing the metastructure

Robert F. Krueger, Nicholas R. Eaton, Jaime Derringer, Kristian E. Markon, David Watson, Andrew E. Skodol

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The transition from the Diagnostic and Statistical Model of Mental Disorders (4th ed., text revision [DSM-IV-TR]; American Psychiatric Association, 2000) to the fifth edition (DSM-5) represents an unprecedented opportunity to integrate dimensional personality trait models into the official nosology. Not surprisingly, a variety of issues have arisen in contemplating this challenging integration. In this article, we address how a dimensional personality trait model could be a helpful component of DSM-5, from the perspective of our roles as work group members and advisors involved in the creation of a trait model and corresponding assessment instrument. We focus in particular on two potential roles for a trait model in DSM-5 that are under official consideration. First, a dimensional personality trait model might be helpful in delineating the content of personality disorders. Second, a trait model might assist in organizing the metastructure of DSM-5 (i.e., the arrangement of chapters and other broader classificatory rubrics).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)325-331
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Personality Assessment
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jul 2011

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