The role of rule-governed behavior in histrionic and compulsive personality disorders

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Sara Weber Schneidmiller (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Rosemery Nelson

Abstract: Behavioral descriptions of the histrionic and compulsive personality disorders as well as cognitive and bio-social learning theories of these disorders appear to be consistent with the hypothesis that these disorders might be related to dysfunctional rule-governed behavior. Specifically, it was suggested that the histrionic personality disorder might be related to deficits in rule-governed behavior, while the compulsive personality disorder might be related to excesses in rule-governed behavior. It was further hypothesized that rule-governed behavior among compulsive subjects would increase in the presence of punishment contingencies. College students who showed predominantly histrionic or compulsive personality styles on the Millon Clinical Multiaxial Inventory and control subjects were trained on an operant task involving a multiple schedule in one of two rule conditions (Positive Only vs. Positive Plus Response Cost). Following training, there was an extinction phase to determine whether apparent schedule responding was actually under the control of rules.

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Language: English
Date: 1987
Personality disorders $x Research
Compulsive behavior $x Research

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