Sex Differences in Dependent Personality Disorder Prevalence Rates
Article first published online: 25 JAN 2006
Clinical Psychology: Science and Practice
Volume 3, Issue 1, pages 1–12, March 1996
How to Cite
Bornstein, R. F. (1996), Sex Differences in Dependent Personality Disorder Prevalence Rates. Clinical Psychology: Science and Practice, 3: 1–12. doi: 10.1111/j.1468-2850.1996.tb00054.x
- Issue published online: 25 JAN 2006
- Article first published online: 25 JAN 2006
- Received March 23, 1995; revised June 19, 1995; accepted July 17, 1995.
- dependent personality disorder;
- sex bias;
- self-report bias
A review of the empirical literature on sex differences in dependent personality disorder (DPD) prevalence rates indicates that, contrary to the assertions of the DSM-IV, women receive DPD diagnoses at significantly higher rates than do men. Research in this area further suggests that sex differences In DPD prevalence rates are due in part to men's unwillingness to acknowledge dependent feelings, attitudes, and behaviors In interviews and on self-report tests. Variations in the magnitude of sex differences obtained with different types of dependency measures are reviewed, and the value of implementing a muftimodal approach to assessing dependency in research and clinical settings is discussed.