Advances in the Conceptualization of Personality Disorders: Issues Affecting Social Work Practice and Research

  • Lanier P
  • Bollinger S
  • Krueger R
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This article provides a review of the research that has informed the proposed changes to the DSM-5 conceptualization of personality psychopathology with a focus on implications for social work practice and research. A paradigm shift to a dimensional model is likely to replace the current categorical model of personality disorders and will have profound implications for the profession. While establishing a diagnostic system that is grounded in empirical knowledge is the primary benefit, this tool will also be more consistent with social work's orienting theories and values. Social workers should gain knowledge about the proposed changes and actively participate in the review process.

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  • Clinical social work
  • DSM-5
  • Five-factor model
  • Personality disorders

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  • Paul Lanier

  • Sarah Bollinger

  • Robert F. Krueger

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