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ERIC Number: EJ862336
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 40
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 130
ISSN: ISSN-1539-4352
Assessment and Treatment of Personality Disorders: A Behavioral Perspective
Nelson-Gray, Rosemery O.; Lootens, Christopher M.; Mitchell, John T.; Robertson, Christopher D.; Hundt, Natalie E.; Kimbrel, Nathan A.
Behavior Analyst Today, v10 n1 p7-46 2009
Personality disorders are complex and highly challenging to treatment providers; yet, for clients with these problems, there exist very few treatment options that have been supported by research. Given the lack of empirically-supported therapies for personality disorders, it can be difficult to make treatment decisions for this population. The purpose of this paper is to present our view that basic behavioral principles can be integrated into the assessment and treatment of personality disorders to maximize success with such challenging behavioral patterns. Following a review of well-established behavioral assessment and treatment options, we offer additional suggestions upon which to base treatment: (a) the identification of relevant response classes and (b) the use of functional analysis in personality disorder treatment. We conclude with application of the proposed strategies to the examples of borderline and avoidant personality disorders. (Contains 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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