Validation of the schema mode concept in personality disordered offenders

Authors Marije Keulen-de Vos, David P. Bernstein, Lee Anna Clark, Vivienne de Vogel, Stefan Bogaerts, Mariëtte Slaats, Arnoud Arntz
Published in Legal and Criminological Psychology
Publication date 2017
Research groups Working with Mandated Clients
Type Article


A core element of Schema Therapy (ST) is ‘schema modes’ or fluctuating emotional states. ST assumes that particular personality pathology consists of specific combinations of maladaptive schema modes. There is confirmatory evidence for the modes hypothesized to be central to borderline and narcissistic personality disorder (PD) in non-forensic patients. In this study, we tested three aspects of the construct validity of schema modes in cluster-B personality disordered offenders, examining its factorial validity, and the relations among personality disorders and violence risk.

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Language English
Published in Legal and Criminological Psychology
Year and volume 22 2
Page range 420-441