Adolescence and Personality Disorders

Current Perspectives on a Controversial Problem
  • Enrico de Vito
  • François Ladame
  • Alvise Orlandini


This chapter focuses on the controversial problem of the meaning and validity of the diagnosis of Personality Disorders (PD) during adolescence. Is there anything specific to PD during this life phase? What are the internal and external factors producing such specificity? Is it possible to go beyond the difficulty of discriminating between PD and other more transient forms of psychological distress during adolescence?


Personality Disorder Personality Disorder Insecure Attachment Borderline Personality Disorder Narcissistic Personality Disorder 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Enrico de Vito
    • 1
  • François Ladame
    • 2
  • Alvise Orlandini
    • 3
  1. 1.Azienda USSL 26Centre for the Study of AdolescenceSan Donato MilaneseMilanItaly
  2. 2.Faculty of Medicine of the University of GenevaGeneva University HospitalsGenevaSwitzerland
  3. 3.Medical Psychology and Psychotherapy Unit Department of Neuropsychiatrie SciencesSan Raffaele Hospital University of Milan School of MedicineMilanItaly

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