The relationship of histrionic personality disorder to antisocial personality and somatization disorders

Am J Psychiatry. 1986 Jun;143(6):718-22. doi: 10.1176/ajp.143.6.718.


The authors examined the association of antisocial personality disorder, somatization disorder, and histrionic personality disorder, both within individuals and within families, in 250 patients. All three disorders overlapped considerably within individuals; the strongest relationship was between antisocial personality and histrionic personality. A high prevalence of antisocial personality was reported in the families of patients with somatization disorder but not in the families of patients with histrionic personality. The authors suggest that histrionic individuals develop antisocial personality if they are male and somatization disorder if female; moreover, all three conditions may represent alternative manifestations or different stages of the same underlying diathesis.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Antisocial Personality Disorder / complications*
  • Antisocial Personality Disorder / genetics
  • Female
  • Histrionic Personality Disorder / complications*
  • Histrionic Personality Disorder / genetics
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Sex Factors
  • Somatoform Disorders / complications*
  • Somatoform Disorders / genetics