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Personality Disorders: Social Factors

Personality disorders (PDs) are enduring patterns of behavior that result in significant impairment or distress to an individual and are outside the realm of accepted social behaviors. PDs are primarily considered disorders of interpersonal functioning for two reasons. First, the criteria that define each of the 10 PDs include difficulty with peers, romantic relationships, and other social impairments. In addition, many of the dysfunctions associated with having a PD include social problems in living. The current entry focuses on social factors that (a) are thought to play a causal role in the etiology of PDs or (b) result from having a PD diagnosis or elevated levels of PD symptoms (hereafter abbreviated as PD, but note that many studies use dimensional symptom counts instead of ...

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