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Tijdschrift voor Psychiatrie 37 (1995) 4

New research

Personality and schizophrenia

P.M.A.J. Dingemans, D.H. Linszen, M.E. Lenior

In this study the predictive value of personality traits and -disorders in the course of schizophrenia was explored. A cohort of 93 patients was assessed with a battery of tests purportedly measuring personality characteristics. Personality traits and personality disorders, especially anti-social personality disorder, were found to have predictive value for the course of recent onset schizophrenia. The outcome of this research endorses the hypothesis that Axis I and Axis II comorbidity influences the course of schizophrenia. More attention therefore should be paid to Axis II pathology in the treatment of schizophrenia.