June 19, 2012

Using Personality Disorder as Part of Sandusky Defense Might Be a Stretch, Experts Say


The defense in Jerry Sandusky’s child sexual abuse trial is suggesting that a personality disorder explains some of the charges the former Penn State assistant football coach, but one expert says that may be a stretch…One expert, however, questions whether it is a separate personality disorder, or just an aspect of broader personality defects. “It has been removed” from the fifth edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, although it may be placed in an appendix for further study, said Dr. Renato Alarcon of the Mayo Clinic. He’s part of the personality disorders working group that reviews changes to the manual, known as the “bible” of mental illness.


Washington Post (AP)

Tags: Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Dr. Renato Alarcon, Jerry Sandusky, personality disorder, Psychology and Psychiatry, Washington Post

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