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date: 22 January 2020

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The personality disorders of the American Psychiatric Association would have antecedents in childhood and adolescence, but this has been a relatively weak area of investigation. This absence is the more remarkable given the abundant evidence that has accumulated over the years on the stability of psychopathology, the presence of prodromal signs of adult psychopathology in childhood, and the empirical support for temperament and personality traits in childhood and adolescence. This chapter begins with a review of personality disorder antecedents through the history of the American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders and follows with a discussion of the most recent evidence underscoring the importance of incorporating such a perspective for a better conceptual representation, assessment, and understanding of personality pathology across the life span.

Keywords: personality disorder, childhood antecedents, adolescence, development, childhood personality, temperament, risk factors, attachment

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