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Gwen Adshead, Paul Brodrick, Jackie Preston & Mayura Deshpande
Disorder of personality in adolescence is a complexvconcept. On the one hand, it may be hard tovdistinguish personality pathology from normal developmental impermanence and instability. A developmental perspective demands that we keep an open mind about pathology trajectories, and balance resilience against vulnerability factors (Werner 1993). On the other hand, a small subgroup of young people do seem to present with emerging psychopathology that resembles adult personality disorder, where early diagnosis is likely to lead to early interventions and thus improve prognosis.
The challenge lies in getting the formulation right. APT-2012-Adshead-109-18.pdf