Prevalence of DSM-III personality disorders in the community

  • James Reich
  • William Yates
  • Mary Nduaguba


A community sample of adults with a standardized DSM-III, Axis II self-report instrument yielded an age adjusted community prevalence of 11.1% of DSM-111 personality disorders. When those with personality disorders (PDs) (n = 26) were compared to those without personality traits (n = 467) the PD group had less education 14.9 (3.0) years vs 16.5 (3.3) years,p = 0.02) and a greater percentage with difficulty with alcohol (19% vs 0.6%,p = 0.0001). Of those married, more 1 PDs reported marital difficulties (29% vs 3.5%,p = 0.002). There was a trend for the PD group to have longer unemployment (p = 0.07).


Public Health Alcohol Personality Trait Community Sample Personality Disorder 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • James Reich
    • 1
    • 2
  • William Yates
    • 3
  • Mary Nduaguba
    • 4
  1. 1.Massachusetts Mental Health CenterHarvard UniversityBrockton/West Roxbury
  2. 2.Department of Psychiatry 116 A, Brockton VA Medical CenterWorcester Psychiatric Outpatient ClinicBrocktonUSA
  3. 3.University of Iowa College of MedicineUSA
  4. 4.Department of Preventive MedicineUniversity of Iowa College of MedicineUSA

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