Corresponding Author Information: John Porcerelli

Session Abstract: There is increasing evidence that some personality disorders (PDs) may better reflect a personality severity factor (Sharp et al., 2015). Additionally, in psychodynamic literature, certain personality disorders are considered more severe (e.g. antisocial PD) than others (e.g. avoidant PD). The current study aims to examine the relationship between psychodynamic measures of personality pathology severity (personality organization and mental functioning) and the hybrid categorical-dimensional model of PDs using the MMPI-2-RF Personality Disorder Spectra Scales (PD Spectra Scales; Selbom, Waugh, & Hopwood, 2018). SUBJECT(S): In the present study, 68 Participants were recruited during intake from an outpatient mental health clinic in an urban, low SES community in the Midwest United States. METHODS AND MATERIALS: Participants completed the MMPI-2-RF (Ben-Porath & Tellegen, 2008). Responses were and coded to produce PD Spectra Scales using procedures set by scale developers (Selbom, Waugh, & Hopwood, 2018). Participants were rated on personality organization axis and mental functioning axis of the Psychodiagnostic Chart – 2nd edition (Gordon & Bornstein, 2015). ANALYSES: Pearson’s correlatons were used to analyze the data. RESULTS: Total Personality Organization was significantly negatively correlated with Paranoid, Schizotypal, Antisocial, Borderline, and Obsessive-Compulsive PD. In contrast, Schizoid, Histrionic, Dependent, Avoidant, and Narcissistic PD were not correlated with personality organization. Mental Functioning significantly negatively correlated with all PDs except Narcissistic PD. CONCLUSIONS: This study provides preliminary evidence that personality organization and mental functioning are related to PDs, even when measured using PDs from a categorical and dimensional approach. Limitations include small sample size and use of measures with limited research.


John Porcerelli | University of Detroit Mercy, Detroit, MI

Rebecca Kitchens | University of Detroit Mercy, Detroit, MI

Cole France | University of Detroit Mercy, Detroit, MI

Rebecca KitchensRebecca Kitchens

Rebecca Kitchens, MA, is a doctoral candidate in Clinical Psychology at the University of Detroit-Mercy and is completing her predoctoral internship at the Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical center. Her clinical and research interests include personality pathology, emotion dysregulation, and trauma.

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