ABSTRACT

Although personality disorders (PDs) have long been a focus of individual psychotherapists, only recently have family therapists turned their attention to the illness (Allen, 2004; Magnavita & MacFarlane, 2004). Despite extensive study, the etiology of this disorder remains unclear, and effective treatments are still in the developmental stage. To date, most treatment approaches have focused on the patient with the disorder, with only secondary interest in the family or significant others.