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Interpersonal Disorder in Schizoid and Avoidant Personality Disorders: An Attachment Perspective

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Interpersonal Disorder in Schizoid and Avoidant Personality Disorders: An Attachment Perspective

M West et al. Can J Psychiatry.

Abstract

Objective: To investigate the characteristics related to avoidant attachment of 13 schizoid/avoidant psychiatric outpatients and 20 nonschizoid/avoidant psychiatric outpatients.

Method: Three scales ("maintains distance in relationships", "high priority on self-sufficiency" and "attachment relationship is a threat to security") differentiated schizoid and avoidant personality disordered patients from other personality disordered patients.

Results: The results are discussed in terms of the attachment and DSM diagnostic models of avoidant styles in relationships.

Conclusion: The 2 groups of schizoid and avoidant personality disordered patients were not significantly different on the desire for close affectional bonds scale.

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