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Vol. 33, No. 2, 2000
Issue release date: March–April 2000
Section title: Original Paper
Psychopathology 2000;33:69–74
(DOI:10.1159/000029123)

Patterns of Comorbidity among DSM-III-R Personality Disorders

Marinangeli M.G.a · Butti G.b · Scinto A.a · Di Cicco L.b · Petruzzi C.b · Daneluzzo E.b · Rossi A.a,b
aDepartment of Experimental Medicine, University of L’Aquila, bMedical Center ‘Villa Serena’, Città S. Angelo, Italy

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Abstract of Original Paper

Published online: 3/1/2000
Issue release date: March–April 2000

Number of Print Pages: 6
Number of Figures: 0
Number of Tables: 4

ISSN: 0254-4962 (Print)
eISSN: 1423-033X (Online)

For additional information: http://www.karger.com/PSP

Abstract

The aim of this study was to examine patterns of comorbidity among personality disorders (PDs) in a sample of 156 psychiatric inpatients. PDs were assessed with Semistructured Clinical Interview for DSM-III-R Personality Disorders. To determine significant co-occurrence among axis II diagnoses, odds ratio and the percent of co-occurrence of pairs of disorders were calculated. Both statistical methods revealed high rates of comorbidity: significance association was found for 36 pairs of disorders using the percent of co-occurrence, and for 22 pairs of disorders using the odds ratio. These results support the concept of ‘apparent comorbidity’ for most PDs, deriving from conceptual and definitional artifacts or from a ‘state-biasing effect’. In light of these observations, a categorical approach to PDs, resulting in a list of diagnoses, appears useless in psychiatric practice. A dimensional classification is probably better suited for PDs, improving the understanding of personality psychopathology and its clinical implications.

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Author Contacts

Prof. Alessandro Rossi
Dipartimento di Medicina Sperimentale
Università de L’Aquila, Coppito II, Via Vetoio
I–67100 L’Aquila (Italy)
Tel. +39 0862 433602, Fax +39 0862 433523, E-Mail a.rossi@villaserena.it

  

Article Information

Number of Print Pages : 6
Number of Figures : 0, Number of Tables : 4, Number of References : 26

  

Publication Details

Psychopathology (International Journal of Descriptive Psychopathology Phenomenology and Clinical Diagnositcs)
Founded 1897 as ‘Monatsschrift für Psychiatrie und Neurologie’

Vol. 33, No. 2, Year 2000 (Cover Date: March-April 2000)

Journal Editor: E. Gabriel, Vienna; C. Mundt, Heidelberg
ISSN: 0254–4962 (print), 1423–033X (Online)

For additional information: http://www.karger.com/journals/psp


Article / Publication Details

First-Page Preview
Abstract of Original Paper

Published online: 3/1/2000
Issue release date: March–April 2000

Number of Print Pages: 6
Number of Figures: 0
Number of Tables: 4

ISSN: 0254-4962 (Print)
eISSN: 1423-033X (Online)

For additional information: http://www.karger.com/PSP


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