Perinatal foundations of personality pathology from a dynamical systems perspective.

Journal Article (Journal Article;Review)

The development of personality pathology is an interactive process between biologically based susceptibilities, interpersonal patterns, and contextual factors across the lifespan. In this paper, we argue that these interactions begin before birth. We describe the perinatal period (i.e. pregnancy and up to one year postpartum) as a sensitive developmental window during which regulatory and stress response systems that confer risk for personality pathology begin forming. In addition, we present converging evidence for significant associations between perinatal factors and later life personality disorders. Finally, we present this perinatal perspective through the lens of dynamical systems theory and emphasize the promise of this framework for guiding future personality disorder research, prevention, and intervention.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Kaliush, PR; Gao, MM; Vlisides-Henry, RD; Thomas, LR; Butner, JE; Conradt, E; Crowell, SE

Published Date

  • February 2021

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 37 /

Start / End Page

  • 121 - 128

PubMed ID

  • 33444894

Pubmed Central ID

  • PMC7981254

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 2352-2518

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/j.copsyc.2020.12.003


  • eng

Conference Location

  • Netherlands