Assessment of Personality Disorders in Older Adults. A Practice Guide

Sebastiaan Pj van Alphen, Sanne van der Werff, Erlene Rosowsky, Daniel L Segal, Gina Rossi

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Assessment of personality disorders (PDs) in older adults is a nuanced trade of its own. The aim of this practice guide is to illustrate gerontological assessment challenges using 3 case vignettes. We argue that it is important to pay extra attention to the influence of cognitive and medical (somatic) disorders on personality functioning in older adults during personality assessment. We also note that information provided by informants contributes added value to personality assessment. Personality assessment should be sufficiently age-specific to prevent overdiagnosis or underdiagnosis in older adults. Furthermore, given the reduced psychological or somatic capacity of some older adults, phased or sequential personality assessment is recommended. This should be focused on the assessment questions to be answered, for example starting with short general screening of personality functioning, followed by more in-depth exploration. Personality assessment should be kept as brief and simple as possible in terms of formulation of the items.

Originele taal-2English
Pagina's (van-tot)470-478
Aantal pagina's9
TijdschriftJournal of Geriatric Psychiatry and Neurology
Nummer van het tijdschrift6
StatusPublished - nov 2023

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