Predictive Utility of Personality Disorder in Depression: Comparison of Outcomes and Taxonomic Approach Academic Article uri icon

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  • There is debate around the best model for diagnosing personality disorder, both in terms of its relationship to the empirical data and clinical utility. Four randomized controlled trials examining various treatments for depression were analyzed at an individual patient level. Three different approaches to the diagnosis of personality disorder were analyzed in these patients. A total of 578 depressed patients were included in the analysis. Personality disorder, however measured, was of little predictive utility in the short term but added significantly to predictive modelling of mediumterm outcomes, accounting for more than twice as much of the variance in social functioning outcome as depression psychopathology. Personality disorder assessment is of predictive utility with longer timeframes and when considering social outcomes as opposed to symptom counts. This utility is sufficiently great that there appears to be value in assessing personality; however, no particular approach outperforms any other.


  • Newton-Howes, Giles
  • Mulder, Roger
  • Ellis, Peter
  • Boden, Joseph M
  • Joyce, Peter

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  • August 2018