March 2004 | Monitor on Psychology | Vol. 35 No. 3
COVER: Personality disorders
Where personality goes awry
A multifaceted research approach is providing more clues to the origins of personality disorders.
Treatment for the 'untreatable'
Despite the difficult-to-treat reputation of personality disorders, clinical trials of treatments show promise.
Can the clinically inflexible learn to be resilient?
People with personality disorders aren't in the habit of trying new strategies when old ones fail, which then dooms them to repeat maladaptive behavior.
Axis II gets short shrift
Insurance companies often deny reimbursement for personality disorder treatments, leaving therapists struggling to help some of their neediest patients.
Tips for approaching insurance case managers
It's worth seeking authorization for reimbursement of long-term personality disorder treatment.
Mixing oil and water
Psychologists often find that opposites attract in couples with personality disorders.
Ethical Standard 9.09 of APA's Ethics Code focuses on the core values of test-scoring and interpretation services as well as on their practical application.
New research suggests that, in response to internal cues, the body learns to anticipate and counteract some physiological effects of drugs.
Pigeon research suggests that classical and operant conditioning share a common process, lending insight into clinical work.
Psychologists in the field of deception detection consult with the Department of Homeland Security and other federal agencies.
Psychologist Linda Demaine helps intelligence agents cultivate sources.
The proliferation of tests available online spurred APA to report on the challenges and benefits involved.
Online testing has made it easier for health professionals--including psychologists--to unwittingly break federal copyright laws.
Current legal actions against managed care--some involving psychology--could change the health-care arena.
Congress passes legislation that funds research on integrating psychological interventions into cardiac treatment of Medicare enrollees.
By educating school health and mental health professionals about lesbian, gay and bisexualadolescents, APA hopes to boost support for these at-risk youth.
If an APA group has its way, psychologists would more directly help students at schools that don't comply with the No Child Left Behind Act.
A CLOSER LOOK
Div. 7 spotlights the unique research-approval challenges of its members.
PUBLIC POLICY UPDATE
A new APA-sponsored effort will target racial and ethnic health-disparities legislation.