Temporal coherence of criteria for four personality disorders. Academic Article uri icon


  • This study sought to investigate the coherence of changes observed in diagnostic criteria for borderline, schizotypal, obsessive-compulsive, and avoidant personality disorders. Five hundred, forty-nine patients were independently evaluated 2 years apart, and correlations of observed changes in each diagnostic criterion with changes in other criteria were examined to determine if there was within-syndrome consistency in these changes. The observed changes in criteria were consistent within syndrome (median alpha = 0.72 across 4 disorders), and reasonably specific to that syndrome relative to the other disorders. The results support the validity of these criterion sets as representing coherent syndromes.

published proceedings

  • J Pers Disord

author list (cited authors)

  • Morey, L. C., Skodol, A. E., Grilo, C. M., Sanislow, C. A., Zanarini, M. C., Shea, M. T., Gunderson, J. G., & McGlashan, T. H.

citation count

  • 11

complete list of authors

  • Morey, Leslie C||Skodol, Andrew E||Grilo, Carlos M||Sanislow, Charles A||Zanarini, Mary C||Shea, M Tracie||Gunderson, John G||McGlashan, Thomas H

publication date

  • August 2004