Open Access Graduate Research Paper
Personality disorders in adolescence -- Diagnosis;
The diagnosis of personality disorders in adolescents is a controversial idea. Personality disorders can bring about a stigma and may create effects on quality of life. Developmental implications should be considered when diagnosing adolescents with personality disorders, or any other mental illness, due to the incomplete formation of identity during adolescent years. There is also evidence that attachment patterns may influence personality disorder symptoms and should also be considered as a way to conceptualize personality in general. The current diagnostic systems may not provide a complete framework from which to conceptualize adolescents and ideas for restructuring the diagnostic system is discussed. This paper will explore adolescent personality disorders from the perspectives of development, attachment, and trauma and will explain perceived flaws with the current diagnostic system.
Year of Submission
Master of Arts
Department of Educational Leadership and Postsecondary Education
Darcie Davis Michael D. Waggoner
Michael D. Waggoner
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©2007 Katherine Young-Kent
Young-Kent, Katherine J., "Considerations for the Diagnosis of Personality Disorders in Adolescents" (2007). Graduate Research Papers. 1572.