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date: 24 January 2021

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The current chapter considers personality disorder in adolescents. In keeping with the evidence-based approach taken in this volume, the focus is on adolescent borderline personality disorder (BPD), as BPD currently has the most robust evidence base in terms of assessment and treatment in adolescents. While understudied relative to other disorders of childhood and adolescents, the current chapter summarizes the nascent, but rapidly growing, literature base for the definition, prevalence, assessment, and intervention of BPD in adolescents. Assessment and intervention are considered from the vantage points of both the leading treatment approaches to BPD, namely, dialectical behavior therapy and mentalization-based treatment. The chapter concludes with a discussion of the next frontier for BPD research in adolescents.

Keywords: personality disorder, borderline, childhood, dialectical behavior therapy, mentalization-based treatment

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