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A 15–20 Year Follow-Up of Adult Psychiatric Patients: Psychiatric Disorder and Social Functioning

  • David Quinton (a1), Lesley Gulliver (a2) and Michael Rutter (a2)

An exploratory study was undertaken of the importance of personality disorder in predicting the long-term outcome for both episodic disorders and social functioning.


In 1966–67, a representative series of patients with children, free of episodic illness for at least one year, was sampled from the Camberwell Psychiatric Register and systematically assessed over a four-year period, using measures of known reliability and validity. Psychiatric disorder was measured using a PSE-compatible instrument. The follow-up after 15–20 years used the PSE and a systematic assessment of social functioning.


Overall outcomes were similar across diagnoses, but an initial categorical diagnosis of personality disorder predicted much poorer outcomes on psychiatric and social measures for patients with unipolar depressive disorders than for those with other diagnoses.


The findings indicate the importance for prognosis of including a systematic assessment of personality disorder in the clinical assessment of patients with depressive disorder.

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Dr David Quinton, Department of Social Work, School for Policy Studies, University of Bristol, 8 Woodland Rd, Bristol BS8 1TN. Fax: 0171 708 5800
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A 15–20 Year Follow-Up of Adult Psychiatric Patients: Psychiatric Disorder and Social Functioning

  • David Quinton (a1), Lesley Gulliver (a2) and Michael Rutter (a2)
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