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Personality Disorders

1st Edition

By Paul M. G. Emmelkamp, Paul M. G. Emmelkamp, Jan Henk Kamphuis

Psychology Press

272 pages | 2 B/W Illus.

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This comprehensive evidence-based book provides a broad and in-depth coverage of personality disorders across a variety of patient groups and treatment settings. Emmelkamp and Kamphuis bring together research examining psychological and biological variables that may play a role in the development of personality disorders. This book explores:

  • Descriptions of personality disorders
  • Diagnosis and assessment
  • Epidemiology and course
  • Aetiology
  • Treatment strategies.

Illustrated throughout with clinical vignettes, as well as scholarly reviews, Personality Disorders offers excellent coverage on all aspects of personality disorder, and will be extremely informative for students and practitioners alike.


"The Dutch nation has influenced a large part of the earth's surface through their ingenuity and industry. Emmelkamp and Kamphuis join these worthy pioneers by this magisterial exposition of developments in personality disorders. Their coverage is comprehensive, their interpretations insightful and their analysis profound. They convey all the excitement and novelty of a young subject that is bursting with energy and demonstrating a tremendous impact in mental health that no-one can sensibly ignore." - Peter Tyrer, Professor of Community Psychiatry, Imperial College, London, UK

Table of Contents

Description of Personality Disorder. Diagnosis and Assessment. Epidemiology and Course. Biological and Psychological Theories. The Anxious/Inhibited Personality Disorders. Borderline Personality Disorder. Dramatic/Erratic Personality Disorders. Antisocial Personality Disorder and Psychopathy. Schizotypal, Schizoid and Paranoid Personality Disorders.

About the Authors

Paul M. G. Emmelkamp is a Professor of Clinical Psychology at the University of Amsterdam.

Jan Henk Kamphuis is Associate Professor of Clinical Personality Assessment at the University of Amsterdam.

About the Series

Clinical Psychology: A Modular Course

"I truly like the books in this series because they are a quick reference and a great teaching tool." Nicholas Greco IV, MS (Abbott Laboratories), USA

Clinical Psychology: A Modular Course was designed to overcome problems faced by the traditional textbook in conveying what psychological disorders are really like.

All the books in the series, written by leading scholars and practitioners in the field, can be read as stand-alone texts, but they will also integrate with other modules to form a comprehensive resource in clinical psychology.

Students of psychology, medicine, nursing, and social work, as well as busy practitioners in many professions, often need an accessible but thorough introduction to how people experience anxiety, depression, addiction, or other disorders, how common they are, and who is most likely to suffer from them, as well as up-to-date research evidence on the causes and available treatments.

The series will appeal to those who want to go deeper into the subject than the traditional textbook will allow, and base their examination answers, research projects, assignments, or practical decisions on a clearer and more rounded appreciation of the clinical and research evidence.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PSYCHOLOGY / Personality
PSYCHOLOGY / Mental Health