Journal of Personality Assessment Submit your papers to this Special Issue on The Alternative Model for Personality Disorders

Journal of Personality Assessment

The DSM-5 Personality and Personality Disorders Work Group was charged with demonstrating how personality disorders might be re-conceptualized to address the shortcomings of the DSM-IV categorical system. 

In response, the multidisciplinary Work Group developed the Alternative Model for Personality Disorders, organized around constructs represented dimensionally. 

However, the DSM-5 Task Force determined that the time was not yet ripe for the wholesale adoption of this new approach.

Consequently, the DSM-IV categories were retained in Section II of the manual and the new model was published in Section III, Emerging Measures and Models.

The Alternative Model for Personality Disorders (AMPD) is a “hybrid model”, comprised of the foundational elements of a severity measure and personality traits, which also serve as the basis for redefining a smaller set of personality disorder diagnostic categories.

The severity component, represented by the Level of Personality Functioning Scale (LPFS), and trait facets and domains were proposed as innovations based on state-of-the-art empirical work in  personality psychopathology. 

Subsequent to the publication of DSM-5, a groundswell of research centered on the components of the AMPD has emerged internationally. 

Interviews and self-reports have been created to study various aspects of the new model, and researchers in the field have begun to produce important findings regarding the structural integrity, conceptual validity and clinical utility of the AMPD.

With its commitment to serving on the cutting edge of personality research, the Journal of Personality Assessment is requesting papers to comprise a Special Issue centered on the empirical work emerging around the AMPD. 

The aim is to bring together the latest and most impactful results of the inquiry that is being done by disparate research groups around the world.

As there has been significant focus on the trait component early on, we would like to  complement that work by featuring projects centered on personality functioning and/or the clinical utility of various aspects of the model.  

This Special Issue on the AMPD would serve as key resource in the field, likely the first compilation of its kind.

Instructions for Authors

For more information on submitting your paper, please visit our Instruction for Author's website

Interested authors should contact one of the issue’s co-editors: Dr. Donna BenderDr. Johannes Zimmerman or Dr. Steven Huprich 

Papers will be accepted for review until November 1, 2017.  

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