Personality disorders in Asians: summary, and a call for cultural research

Asian J Psychiatr. 2014 Feb;7(1):86-8. doi: 10.1016/j.ajp.2013.11.009. Epub 2013 Dec 1.


Epidemiological studies show relatively low rates of personality disorder (PD) in Asian-origin samples, but these low rates may result from a lack of understanding about what constitutes PD in Asian cultural contexts. Research on etiology, assessment, and treatment has rarely been extended to incorporate ways in which culture might shape PDs in general, let alone among Asians in particular. PDs did not officially change in DSM-5, but an alternative dimensional system may help link the Asian PD literature to non-clinical personality research. Personality and culture are deeply intertwined, and the research literature on Asian PDs - and on PDs more generally - would benefit greatly from more research unpacking the cultural mechanisms of variation.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Cross-Cultural Comparison
  • Culture*
  • Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders
  • Humans
  • Personality Disorders / diagnosis
  • Personality Disorders / ethnology*
  • Personality Disorders / etiology
  • Research*