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Psychol Med. 1987 Nov;17(4):983-7.

Personality disorder in mental handicap.

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  • 1Dundee Psychiatric Service, Strathmartine Hospital.


100 randomly selected mildly or moderately mentally retarded adults were assessed for personality disorder using the Standardized Assessment of Personality devised by Mann et al. (1981). By the terms of this instrument 56% of patients showed features of abnormal personality, and in 22% this abnormality was marked, suggesting the presence of personality disorder. Personality problems may be a more significant factor in assessing a mentally retarded person's acceptability in a community setting than has hitherto been realized.

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