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Personality Disorders

2nd Edition

By Paul M. G. Emmelkamp, Katharina Meyerbröker

Psychology Press

208 pages

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Paperback: 9781138483057
pub: 2019-08-29
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Hardback: 9781138483040
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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.


'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

Table of Contents

1. Description of personality disorders 2. Epidemiology and course 3. Biological and psychological theories 4. Diagnosis and assessment 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

About the Authors

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 the mental health care institution Altrecht.

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