Advances in Social Behavior Research

Advances in Social Behavior Research

ASBR ICEIPI 2022, 03 March 2023

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Dependent Personality Disorder and Its Gender Differences

Ziqing Wei * 1
1 School of Education and Psychology, University of Jinan, Nanxinzhuang West Road, Jinan, China

* Author to whom correspondence should be addressed.

Advances in Social Behavior Research, ASBR ICEIPI 2022, 349-354
Published 03 March 2023. © 2023 The Author(s). Published by EWA Publishing
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Citation Ziqing Wei. Dependent Personality Disorder and Its Gender Differences. ASBR (2023) ASBR ICEIPI 2022: 349-354.


This article mainly focuses on the overview of dependent personality disorder as well as its gender differences, incorporating its definition, distribution, some reasons for gender difference in prevalence rate, impacts, treatments, and recommendations for future development. In the literature review section, the definition and features of DPD are firstly illustrated. According to DSM-5, dependency and submissiveness are summarized as two main traits of this disorder. Then, the distribution characteristics of age and sex of personality disorders are introduced and the findings of gender differences in DPD’s prevalence rate are special and significant. To provide a more accurate diagnosis and treatment, the reasons for this gender difference have been discussed. In terms of previous studies, the causes can be summarized into two broad categories, namely factors related to measurement and factors for the real difference. Additionally, I clarify its impacts on individuals including physical abuse and occupational functioning and consider gender factors. Subsequently, some useful treatment methods are discussed. Recommendations at the end provided directions for future investigation. Overall, readers can have a more comprehensive understanding of this personality disorder and its gender differences after reading this paper.


dependency, gender differences, personality disorders


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