Self-Defeating Personality Disorder Reconsidered

Jacqueline Cruz, Thomas E. Joiner (Corresponding Author), Jeffrey G. Johnson, Lora K. Heisler, Robert L. Spitzer, Jeremy W. Pettit

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The objective of this study was to assess the distinctiveness, incremental validity, and gender bias of self-defeating personality disorder (SDPD) symptoms. A total of 441 nonclinical subjects completed personality disorder questionnaires. Structural equation modeling and regression analyses indicated that SDPD symptoms were distinctive, predicted impairment/distress beyond other personality disorder symptoms, and showed no gender bias. SDPD warrants reconsideration as a valid nosological category.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)64-71
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Personality Disorders
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2000


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