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Temporal coherence of criteria for four personality disorders
Journal of Personality Disorders (2004)
  • Leslie C. Morey, Texas A & M University - College Station
  • Andrew E. Skodol
  • Carlos M. Grilo
  • Charles A. Sanislow
  • Mary C. Zanarini
  • M. Tracie Shea
  • John G. Gunderson
  • Thomas H. McGlashan

This study sought to investigate the coherence of changes observed in diagnostic criteria for borderline, schizotypal, obsessive-compulsive, and avoidant personality disorders. Five hundred, forty-nine patients were independently evaluated 2 years apart, and correlations of observed changes in each diagnostic criterion with changes in other criteria were examined to determine if there was within-syndrome consistency in these changes. The observed changes in criteria were consistent within syndrome (median alpha = 0.72 across 4 disorders), and reasonably specific to that syndrome relative to the other disorders. The results support the validity of these criterion sets as representing coherent syndromes.

  • CLPS,
  • Collaborative Longitudinal Personality Study,
  • Temporal Coherence,
  • Personality Disorder Criteria,
  • DSM,
  • DSM-IV,
  • Axis I,
  • Axis II,
  • Personality Disorders,
  • Borderline,
  • Schizotypal,
  • Avoidant,
  • Obsessive-Compulsive
Publication Date
August, 2004
Citation Information
Morey, L. C., Skodol, A. E., Grilo, C. M., Sanislow, C. A., Zanarini, M. C., Shea, M. T., Gunderson, J. G., & McGlashan, T. H. (2004). Temporal coherence of criteria for four personality disorders. Journal of Personality Disorders, 18(4), 394-398.