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Gender differences in personality disorders in psychiatrically hospitalized adolescents
Am J Psychiatry 1996;153:1089-1091.
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OBJECTIVE: The authors examined gender differences in DSM-III-R personality disorders in adolescent psychiatric inpatients. METHODS: Structured diagnostic interviews were reliably performed with a series of 138 consecutively admitted adolescent inpatients. To reduce variability due to heterogeneity of axis I diagnoses, a subgroup of 87 patients with major depression was retested for gender differences. RESULTS: Females were significantly more likely than males to meet the criteria for borderline personality disorder. Narcissistic personality disorder was diagnosed only in males. A similar pattern was observed in the subgroup of patients with major depression. CONCLUSIONS: The findings suggest potentially important gender differences in personality disorders in adolescent inpatients.

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