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Zur Diagnostik und Therapie der Identitätsdiffusion im Kindes- und Jugendalter

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Assessment and Therapy of Adolescent Identity Diffusion

Identity diffusion, one of the main diagnosis criteria for borderline personality disorder (BPD), is characterized by a lack of coherent sense of self and of significant others, paired with a painful sense of incoherence. The revision of the age limit for the diagnosis of personality disorders in DSM-5 has opened the doors to research on diagnosis and treatment of BPD in adolescence. This paper offers a summary of past and present work on the diagnosis and therapy of identity disturbance in adolescent patients.