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Prof Psychol Res Pr. 2017 Apr;48(2):79-89. doi: 10.1037/pro0000071.

Psychological Assessment with the DSM-5 Alternative Model for Personality Disorders: Tradition and Innovation.

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Private Practice, Oak Ridge, Tennessee, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, & University of Tennessee.
Michigan State University.
University of Minnesota.
Texas A & M University.
Pennsylvania State University.
University of Pittsburgh.


The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders Fifth Edition (DSM-5) Section III Alternative Model for Personality Disorders (AMPD; APA, 2013) represents an innovative system for simultaneous psychiatric classification and psychological assessment of personality disorders (PD). The AMPD combines major paradigms of personality assessment and provides an original, heuristic, flexible, and practical framework that enriches clinical thinking and practice. Origins, emerging research, and clinical application of the AMPD for diagnosis and psychological assessment are reviewed. The AMPD integrates assessment and research traditions, facilitates case conceptualization, is easy to learn and use, and assists in providing patient feedback. New as well as existing tests and psychometric methods may be used to operationalize the AMPD for clinical assessments.


Alternative Model; DSM-5; Level of Personality Functioning Scale; PID-5; personality assessment; personality disorders; personality traits

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