Original ArticlesInterpersonal Problems Associated With Passive-Aggressive Personality DisorderLaverdière, Olivier PhD∗; Ogrodniczuk, John S. PhD†; Kealy, David PhD† Author Information ∗Department of Psychology, Université de Sherbrooke, Sherbrooke, QC †Department of Psychiatry, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada. Send reprint requests to Olivier Laverdière, PhD, Department of Psychology, 2500 boul de l'Université, QC, Canada J0B 2H0. E-mail: [email protected]. The Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease: October 2019 - Volume 207 - Issue 10 - p 820-825 doi: 10.1097/NMD.0000000000001044 Buy Metrics Abstract With a controversial history, passive-aggressive personality disorder (PAPD) was eventually removed from the latest edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual for Mental Disorders. Despite its demise from diagnostic nomenclature, clinicians continue to regard it as a clinically relevant construct, and some researchers argue for its resurrection. Toward this end, it is important to empirically demonstrate the relevance of the passive-aggressive personality construct, including demonstrating its association with impaired functioning. Consistent with contemporary emphasis on interpersonal functioning in personality pathology, the current study aims to explore interpersonal problems that are associated with PAPD in a large clinical sample. Before beginning treatment, 240 patients completed assessments of personality psychopathology and interpersonal functioning. Results showed that higher levels of PAPD were significantly associated with greater level of interpersonal distress, especially regarding interpersonal problems of a vindictive nature. The findings are consistent with clinical descriptions of the core conflictual relational issues of patients with PAPD and lend some support to further considering PAPD as a valid diagnostic construct. Copyright © 2019 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc. All rights reserved.