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A comparison between the Personality Diagnostic Questionnaire-4+ (PDQ-4+) and Longitudinal, Expert, All Data (LEAD) standard diagnoses was made in a sample of 100 patients with a high prevalence of both axis I and axis II disorders. The internal consistency was considered acceptable (alpha >.70) for 3 of 12 PDQ-4+ scales. Diagnostic agreement between the(More)
The main explanatory hypothesis for the distinction between social phobia (SP) and avoidant personality disorder (APD) has been the severity continuum hypothesis, stating that APD only differs from SP in terms of severity of dysfunction and symptomatic distress, that is, social anxiety and depressive symptoms. This study aimed at a comprehensive evaluation(More)
In this study we aimed (a) to ascertain whether a relationship exists between different treatment programmes and settings for personality disorder and patient characteristics; (b) to give an indication of treatment effects in three personality disordered populations admitted to different treatment contexts; and (c) to compare costs in relation to outcomes.(More)
This study compared self-esteem in patients with avoidant personality disorder (APD) and borderline personality disorder (BPD). Patients diagnosed with one or more personality disorders answered the questionnaire Index of Self Esteem as part of a comprehensive evaluation within the setting of a treatment trial. Our hypotheses were that (1) both patients(More)
A self-report measure of the Five-Factor Model (FFM) of personality, NEO-PI-R, was administered to a sample of patients with borderline (BPD, N = 29) or avoidant PD (AVPD, N = 34), admitted to a day treatment program, to investigate the NEO-PI-R profiles of the disorders, and the ability of NEO-PI-R to discriminate between the two disorders. The diagnoses(More)
The study evaluated the quality of the DSM-IV obsessive-compulsive personality disorder (OCPD) construct as a prototype category. A sample of 2237 patients from the Norwegian Network of Psychotherapeutic Day Hospitals was examined by a variety of psychometric analyses. A high number of OCPD patients (77%) had co-occurrent PDs, but only the co-occurrence(More)
It has been suggested that deficits in mentalization are a core problem of borderline personality disorder and that enhancement of mentalization represents a central mechanism of change in psychotherapy with this group of patients. The present single-case study investigates changes in mentalization measured by the Reflective Functioning Scale on the Adult(More)
Mentalization is the capacity to understand behavior as expressions of various mental states. It is assumed to be important for understanding the underlying psychopathology, the therapeutic process, and the outcome of therapy associated with patients with personality disorders (PDs). However, to date, empirical findings are scarce and inconsistent. This(More)
The properties of the 17-item Mentalization-Based Treatment Adherence and Competence Scale (MBT-ACS) were investigated in a reliability study in which 18 psychotherapy sessions, comprising two sessions by nine different therapists, were rated by seven different raters. The overall reliabilities for adherence and competence for seven raters were high, .84(More)
Premature termination from group psychotherapy continues to be a serious problem in the treatment of patients with borderline personality disorder (BPD). Qualitative research is regarded as an important means to shed light upon the complex dynamics leading to dropout. We conducted an interview study with patients having a diagnosis of BPD (n = 8) who(More)