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date: 19 January 2020

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This chapter reviews the current epidemiological findings concerning personality disorders. It begins with the basic question of prevalence within the general population. Discussed more specifically are lifetime prevalence and prevalence within clinical populations. Demographic characteristics are then discussed; more specifically, gender, age, income, education, social class, marital status, urbanicity, fortunate and unfortunate situations, and quality of life. This is followed by a discussion of methodological problems for epidemiological research, and a brief discussion of the implications of the findings for the validity of individual personality disorders (and for their retention or deletion from the diagnostic manual).

Keywords: personality disorder, epidemiology, prevalence, demographic, DSM

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