Sadistic and self-defeating personality disorder criteria in a rural clinic sample

J Clin Psychol. 1992 Nov;48(6):827-31. doi: 10.1002/1097-4679(199211)48:6<827::aid-jclp2270480618>;2-1.


A sample of 176 outpatients at a mental health clinic in rural southern Georgia were rated for the presence or absence of the DMS-III-R sadistic and self-defeating personality disorder criteria. On the basis of these ratings, 48 patients met the criteria for sadistic (n = 14) and self-defeating (n = 41). Surprisingly, half of the patients who met the sadistic criteria also fulfilled the self-defeating criteria. A factor analysis failed to divide the criteria cleanly into sadistic and self-defeating subsets.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aggression / psychology
  • Female
  • Georgia
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Masochism / psychology
  • Mental Disorders / diagnosis
  • Mental Disorders / psychology
  • Personality Disorders / diagnosis*
  • Personality Disorders / psychology
  • Psychiatric Status Rating Scales
  • Rural Population*
  • Sadism / psychology*
  • Self Concept*