Until several years ago the entire literature on Masochistic Personality was theoretical or anecdotal. Dr. Fuller's recent paper, "Masochistic Personality Disorder: A Diagnosis Under Consideration," is a timely contribution in that it is one of a growing number of empirical studies on this topic (1). His major finding, that Masochistic Personality describes a disorder which is not adequately described by the existing Axis II disorders, is consistent with data we recently reported (2). We have found, in addition, that the diagnosis is common, and that the criteria have good internal consistency, specificity, and sensitivity (3,4). At this point the data compare favorably with what is available for the existing Axis 11 disorders.
Kass, MD, Frederic
"In Response: New Controversial Diagnoses: Self-Defeating and Sadistic Personality Disorders,"
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