Chapter 19. Personality Disorder

  1. Craig Morgan and
  2. Dinesh Bhugra
  1. Priya Bajaj and
  2. Mike Crawford

Published Online: 28 MAR 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9780470684214.ch19

Principles of Social Psychiatry, Second Edition

Principles of Social Psychiatry, Second Edition

How to Cite

Bajaj, P. and Crawford, M. (2010) Personality Disorder, in Principles of Social Psychiatry, Second Edition (eds C. Morgan and D. Bhugra), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9780470684214.ch19

Editor Information

  1. NIH Biomedical Research Centre and Institute of Psychiatry, King's College London, London, UK

Author Information

  1. Department of Psychological Medicine, Imperial College London, London, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 28 MAR 2010
  2. Published Print: 16 APR 2010

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470697139

Online ISBN: 9780470684214



  • personality disorder;
  • ‘personality disorder’ (PD), patterns of relating to self and others that are inflexible;
  • diagnosis of ‘personality disorder’ - a contentious one;
  • personality disorder classification;
  • problems associated with personality - continuum of normal to abnormal;
  • ICD-10 system - ‘specific personality disorder’ as severe disturbance in characterological constitution and behavioural tendencies of individual;
  • personality disorder prevalence, higher in urban than in rural populations;
  • personality abnormality, marked in late teens and early twenties;
  • interpersonal problems - central component of definition of personality disorder;
  • antisocial personality disorder (APD) - and overall level of violence in UK


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • A Controversial Diagnosis

  • Classification of Personality Disorder

  • Prevalence of Personality Disorder

  • Course of Personality Disorder

  • Impact of Personality Disorder

  • Research into Aetiology of PD

  • Evidence from Intervention Studies

  • Relevance of Aetiology for the Development of Treatment Approaches

  • References