Further, diagnostic features of avoidant personality disorder also include motoric response (e.
2006) examined the efficacy of Beck's cognitive therapy for personality disorders (Beck, Freeman, & Davis, 2004) in 30 individuals with avoidant personality disorder or obsessive-compulsive personality disorder.
This rationale has been applied to the treatment of avoidant personality disorder specifically in several empirical studies.
In studies conducted by Stravysnki, Lesage, Marcouiller, and Elie (1989); Renneberg, Goldstein, Phillips, and Chambless (1990); and Alden and Capreol (1993), groups of individuals diagnosed with avoidant personality disorder met for group therapy involving some or all of the following cognitive-behavioral components: communication skills-training, role rehearsal, making positive self-statements, systematic desensitization, in-vivo exposure, and modeling.
Avoidant personality disorder, and to a lesser degree, dependent and obsessive-compulsive personality disorders have shown improvement in symptoms, general functioning, and secondary symptoms (i.
The Development and Maintenance of Avoidant Personality Disorder
The defining feature of avoidant personality disorder (AVPD) is a pervasive pattern of avoidant and inhibited behavior in response to social situations in which the possibility of negative evaluation is present (DSM-IV-TR).
A Functional Analysis of the Maintenance of Avoidant Personality Disorder
Examples of developmental and maintenance variables associated with avoidant personality disorder and borderline personality disorder are provided to illustrate our approach and to provide avenues for future research.
Possible behavioral reasons for this rigidity are provided in subsequent sections of this paper on the maintenance of personality-disordered behavior, especially borderline and avoidant personality disorders.