Constitutional Aspects of Personality Beginning in Childhood: Schizoid Personality Disorder (Asperger’s Syndrome)

  • Sula Wolff
Part of the NATO ASI Series book series (NSSA, volume 161)


Among constitutional factors contributing to the emotional, behavioral, and educational difficulties of children are schizoid personality traits. The clinical features of schizoid personality disorder in childhood (Asperger’s syndrome) are described, as well as a series of studies designed to validate this syndrome. Reference is made to its important associations with childhood conduct disorders and adult sociopathy, and to a possible link with early infantile autism. Preliminary results of an ongoing study show that a majority of boys with this childhood syndrome have the features of schizotypal personality disorder in adult life. This means that the syndrome is likely to form part of the schizophrenic spectrum. The implications of this are discussed.


Personality Disorder Conduct Disorder Borderline Personality Disorder Schizoid Disorder Biological Relative 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Sula Wolff
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  1. 1.Department of Psychiatry, Royal Edinburgh HospitalUniversity of EdinburghEdinburghUK

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