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Gender weighting of DSM-III-R personality disorder criteria

    Published Online:https://doi.org/10.1176/ajp.147.5.586

    This study explored the gender weighting of the diagnostic criteria for personality disorders. Gender weighting was defined in terms of how 33 female and 17 male nonclinicians ranked the diagnostic criteria along a male-female dimension. Although the a priori expectation was that antisocial would be the prototypically masculine personality disorder and histrionic the feminine, the subjects ranked criteria from the sadistic category as the most masculine and those from the dependent category as the most feminine. These results and the subjects' gender weighting of criteria for borderline, obsessive-compulsive, and self- defeating personality disorders are analyzed in detail.

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