Personality Disorders

Elements, History, Examples, and Research

by Vera Sonja Maass


An estimated 30 million Americans have a personality disorder.

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January 2019


Pages 236
Volumes 1
Size 6 1/8x9 1/4
Topics Psychology/General
  Health & Wellness/Diseases and Conditions

Details each of the 10 personality disorders, in a format that makes locating information easy.

Personality Disorders systematically explores 10 personality disorders. Each chapter presents a comprehensive and in-depth picture of a particular disorder and its effects, not only on those who suffer from it but also on family, friends, and colleagues as well as the community at large.

Chapters focus on important parameters such as symptoms, diagnosis, incidence, history, development, causes, effects, and costs. Relevant case histories and Up Close sections illustrate how the disorder may manifest in different environments and reveal how the disorder can affect a person's interactions within society, at work, and in personal relationships. Research and theories about each particular disorder are also included. Every chapter closes with a discussion of various treatment approaches and a brief list of references, providing for a meaningful presentation for readers at the undergraduate student level and beyond.


  • Provides a glossary for terms used in association with the disorders
  • Offers a "For Further Reading" section of recommendations for continued study of personality disorders
  • Presents additional resources that can provide further information, assistance, and professional connections
  • Features a detailed index for quick location of specific information
Series Description

Health and Psychology Sourcebooks

Health and Psychology Sourcebooks address physical, psychological, and environmental conditions that threaten human health and well-being. Each volume presents a topic in health or psychology and explains its symptoms, diagnosis, incidence, development, causes, treatments, and related theory. Up Close vignettes illustrate how the disease or disorder manifests in specific people and scenarios. Historical and emerging research as well as controversies are also discussed. Each volume offers a glossary of terms, references, and sources for further reading. The books are designed to accessibly and reliably fulfill the needs of students and researchers at community and undergraduate college levels.
Author Info

Vera Sonja Maass, PhD, owner of Living Skills Initiatives, is a licensed clinical psychologist, marriage and family therapist, and mental health counselor. She holds past certifications as a chemical dependence counselor, sex therapist, family life educator, and divorce and child custody mediator. Her teaching experience includes terms at the University of Indianapolis and Ivy Tech Community College. Maass is the author of eight books, including Counseling Single Parents; Women's Group Therapy: Creative Challenges and Options; and The Cinderella Test: Would You Really Want the Shoe to Fit? Subtle Ways Women Are Seduced and Socialized into Servitude and Stereotypes.

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