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Personality disorders in adolescence -- Diagnosis;

Abstract

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

2007

Degree Name

Master of Arts

Department

Department of Educational Leadership and Postsecondary Education

First Advisor

Darcie Davis Michael D. Waggoner

Second Advisor

Michael D. Waggoner

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Date Original

2007

Object Description

1 PDF file (32 leaves)

Language

en

File Format

application/pdf

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