Chapter 34. Problem-Solving Therapy for People with Personality Disorders

  1. Craig Morgan and
  2. Dinesh Bhugra
  1. Mary McMurran1,
  2. Christine Maguth Nezu1,2 and
  3. Arthur M. Nezu2

Published Online: 28 MAR 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9780470684214.ch34

Principles of Social Psychiatry, Second Edition

Principles of Social Psychiatry, Second Edition

How to Cite

McMurran, M., Maguth Nezu, C. and Nezu, A. M. (2010) Problem-Solving Therapy for People with Personality Disorders, in Principles of Social Psychiatry, Second Edition (eds C. Morgan and D. Bhugra), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9780470684214.ch34

Editor Information

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

Author Information

  1. 1

    Department of Psychiatry, Institute of Mental Health, University of Nottingham, Nottingham, UK

  2. 2

    Department of Psychiatry, Drexel University, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

Publication History

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

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470697139

Online ISBN: 9780470684214



  • problem-solving therapy for people with personality disorders;
  • Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders - an enduring pattern of inner experience and behaviour deviating markedly from expectations of individual's culture;
  • people with personality disorder - high levels of distress, suicide, self-harm, addiction, family breakdown and social exclusion;
  • community-based, with psychological interventions;
  • cognitive-behavioural treatments, modifying maladaptive core beliefs and teaching emotional and interpersonal coping skills;
  • problem-solving therapy, cognitive-affective-behavioural intervention - promoting application of effective problem-solving skills;
  • association between social problem-solving deficits and psychological distress, physical ill-health, substance misuse;
  • social problem solving, the self-directed cognitive-affective-behavioral process;
  • Social Problem-Solving Inventory – Revised (SPSIR);
  • ‘Stop & think!’ problem-solving approach - in working with people with personality disorder


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • Treatments for People with Personality Disorder

  • Problem-Solving Therapy

  • Conclusion

  • References