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J Abnorm Psychol. 2003 Nov;112(4):657-66.

A taxometric study of borderline personality disorder.

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  • 1Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior, Rhode Island Hospital/Brown University School of Medicine, Providence, RI, USA.

Abstract

Taxometric methodology was used to determine whether borderline personality disorder (BPD) represents a taxon that is categorically distinct from normal personality or whether it falls on a dimensional continuum with normality. Two taxometric procedures were used with a sample of 1,389 outpatients assessed for BPD symptoms by semistructured interview. The procedures indicated that BPD does not represent a latent category. Implications are drawn for the conceptualization and etiology of BPD, and for the categorical versus dimensional status of personality disorders in general.

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14674877
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10.1037/0021-843X.112.4.657
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