Cultural Aspects in Symptomatology, Assessment, and Treatment of Personality Disorders

  • Elsa F. RonningstamEmail author
  • Shian-Ling Keng
  • Maria Elena Ridolfi
  • Mohammad Arbabi
  • Brin F.S. Grenyer
Personality Disorders (K Bertsch, Section Editor)
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  1. Topical Collection on Personality Disorders


Purpose of Review

This review discusses cultural trends, challenges, and approaches to assessment and treatment of personality traits and disorders. Specific focus include current developments in the Asian, Italian, Iranian, and Australian societies, as well as the process of acculturation, following moves between cultures with the impact on healthy and disordered personality function.

Recent Findings

Each culture with its specific history, dimensions, values, and practices influences and gears the individual and family or group in unique ways that affect personality functioning. Similarly, each culture provides means of protection and assimilation as well as norms for acceptance and denunciations of specific behaviors and personality traits.


The diagnosis of personality disorders and their treatment need to take into consideration the individual in the context of the culture and society in which they live. Core personality problems, especially emotion dysregulation and interpersonal functioning are specifically influenced by cultural norms and context.


Personality disorders Acculturation Stigma Trauma Adjustment Emotional sensitivity 


Compliance with Ethical Standards

Conflict of Interest

Elsa F. Ronningstam, Shian-Ling Keng, Maria Elena Ridolfi, Mohammad Arbabi, and Brin F.S. Grenyer declare no conflict of interest.

Human and Animal Rights and Informed Consent

This article does not contain any studies with human or animal subjects performed by any of the authors.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Elsa F. Ronningstam
    • 1
    Email author
  • Shian-Ling Keng
    • 2
  • Maria Elena Ridolfi
    • 3
  • Mohammad Arbabi
    • 4
  • Brin F.S. Grenyer
    • 5
  1. 1.Harvard Medical SchoolMcLean HospitalBelmontUSA
  2. 2.Yale-NUS CollegeSingaporeSingapore
  3. 3.Fano Outpatients’ Psychiatry ServicesFanoItaly
  4. 4.Department of Psychiatry, Brain and Spinal Cord Injury Research Center, Neuroscience InstituteTehran University of Medical SciencesTehranIran
  5. 5.Illawarra Health and Medical Research Institute and School of PsychologyUniversity of WollongongWollongongAustralia

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