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Age and sex distribution of DSM-III personality cluster traits in a community population

Authors
Journal
Comprehensive Psychiatry
0010-440X
Publisher
Elsevier
Publication Date
Volume
29
Issue
3
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/0010-440x(88)90052-1
Disciplines
  • Biology
  • Medicine

Abstract

Abstract DSM-III pathological personality cluster traits were measured on a community sample of 235 people. Traits in the schizoid cluster (schizoid, schizotypal, and paranoid) showed no change with age while traits in the dramatic cluster (antisocial, narcissistic, borderline, and histrionic) and to some extent the anxious cluster (avoidant, dependent, compulsive, and passive/aggressive) showed similar significant associations with age. This pattern was a reverse “J” shaped curve, with mean number of traits declining from younger to older groups and a slight upturn in the oldest age group (60 years plus). Women aged 31 to 40 years had a higher mean number of traits than their male counterparts, with a corresponding increase in impairment. The highest levels of personality traints in men were found at ages 18 to 30, while in women the 31 to 40 year group was highest.

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