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2nd Edition

Personality Disorders

ISBN 9781138483057
Published August 27, 2019 by Psychology Press
280 Pages

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Book Description

The new edition of Personality Disorders continues to provide an in-depth guide to personality disorders, assessment, and treatment, across varied patient groups and settings.

Grounded in scholarly review and illustrated with a diversity of case studies, this book covers familiar ground with comprehensive detail, including the description of personality disorders, diagnosis, epidemiology, aetiology, and treatment strategies. Furthermore, this new edition reflects changes in the new ICD-11 and DSM-5, assessment instruments, and state-of-the-art insights from theory-driven research.

Part of the popular ‘Clinical Psychology: A Modular Course’ series, Personality Disorders offers excellent coverage on all aspects of personality disorder and will be extremely informative for students and practitioners alike.

Table of Contents


1. Description of personality disorders

2. Diagnosis and assessment

3. Epidemiology and course 

4. Risk factors for personality disorders 

5. The anxious/inhibited personality disorders

6. Borderline personality disorder

7. The narcissistic and histrionic personality disorders

8. Antisocial personality disorder and psychopathy

9. Schizotypal, schizoid, and paranoid personality disorders

10. Treatment of personality disorders


Author index

Subject index

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Paul M.G. Emmelkamp is Professor of Clinical Psychology (ret.) and affiliated with the University of Amsterdam.

Katharina Meyerbröker is Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychology at Utrecht University and is affiliated as a licensed mental health psychologist at Altrecht Mental Health Institute.


'The revised edition of this book is bang up to date and is an excellent primer to the subject. Emmelkamp and Meyerbröker have comprehensively described the jigsaw of personality disorder, in which the major pieces are well demarcated but their place in the overall pattern still remains a puzzle. What they also make clear is that personality disorder cannot be ignored or dismissed as a useless label. It is fundamental to the proper understanding of the psyche."

- Peter Tyrer, Emeritus Professor of Community Psychiatry, Imperial College, London