Treatment of Axis II Disorders Research Proposal by Peter Pen

Treatment of Axis II Disorders
A proposal researching Washington DC therapists' thoughts concerning the treatment of persons diagnosed with an Axis II personality disorder.
# 96120 | 2,271 words | 11 sources | MLA | 2007
Published on Jun 24, 2007 in Psychology (Disorders) , Psychology (General)

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The paper attempts to gain qualitative insight on the nature of the psychiatric community's levels of inattention to the treatment of the Axis II disorders. The paper explains that current research is limited regarding personality disorders so a group of researchers planned to publicize the need for research of personality disorders. To best capture the reaction of the therapists on the matter, the research team conceived a plan to commission a thirty-person focus group of therapists, licensed in the Washington, DC Metropolitan area. The paper describes the study in detail.

Research Question

From the Paper:

"In an exhaustive research effort the researchers associated with this cause found that most of the current research was limited regarding personality disorders. The literature was sparse in comparison to issues related to the Axis I psychological disorders, such as the Mood disorders (Coccaro, 1989). However, in the current journal articles that were published the majority of the information was on Borderline Personality disorder, with little convincing claims regarding the disorders effective treatment options (Staurt, Pfohl, Battaglia. Bellodi, & Grove, 1998). There are fourteen personality disorders listed in the DSM TR V (American Psychiatric Association. 2000) and the research has led to a small number of articles on illness such as Schizoid affective disorder, Narcissistic personality disorder, and Histrionic personality disorder, to name a few. Of the three hundred and fourty-six studies currently sponsored by the National Institute of Mental Health, two studies are related to personality disorders. Thus, the claim that there is a gap in the research of the treatment modalities for personality disorders."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • American Psychiatric Association. (2000). Diagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorders (4th ed.-TR). Washington, DC: Author.
  • Bellino, S., Zizza, M., Rinaldi, C., & Bogetto, F. (2006). Combined treatment in patients with borderline personality disorder: A comparison with Pharmacotherapy. Canadian Journal of Psychiatry, 51(7), 453-460.
  • Beitman, B, & Klerman, G. (Eds.). (1991). Intergratiing phamacotherapy and psychotherapyp. Washington, DC: American Psychiatric Press.
  • Bender, D.S., Dolan, R.T., Skodol, A.E., Sanislow, C.A., van Dyck, I.R., McGlashan, T.H., et al. (2001). Treatment utilization by patients with personality disorders. American Journal of Psychiatry, 158, 295-302.
  • Bateman, A., & Fonagy, P. (1999). Effectiveness of partial hospitalization in the treatment of borderline personality disorder: A randomized controlled trial. American Journal of Psychiatry, 156, 1563-1569.

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