A new study published in this month's issue of the journal Psychopathology found that personality disorders (PDs) are prevalent in South Africa (about 7 percent of people over 20 in the study sample met criteria for a PD), but are remarkably undertreated, with only one in five receiving treatment.
This study, which was part of the South African Stress and Health Study, is one of very few that have been conducted on personality disorders in South Africa, and suggests that personality disorders are conditions that exist across cultures and races. Read more about the study on the National Institute of Mental Health website.
Suliman S, Stein DJ, Williams DR, & Seedat S. "DSM-IV Personality Disorders and Their Axis I Correlates in the South African Population." Psychopathology. 41:356-364, 2008.