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J Nerv Ment Dis. 1989 Feb;177(2):96-100.

Familiality of DSM-III dramatic and anxious personality clusters.

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  • 1Harvard Medical School, Brockton, MA.


This double-blind family study was an investigation of the familiality of DSM-III avoidant, dependent, borderline, anxious cluster, and flamboyant cluster personality disorders (PDs) using a standardized DSM-III axis II measure. With the exception of borderline personality, there are no previous reports in this area. Avoidant, dependent, and anxious cluster PDs showed significant familiality. Borderline showed a trend in the direction of familiality but did not reach significance (p = .07). Relatives of flamboyant cluster PDs demonstrated significant but heterogeneous personality disorder pathology.

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