Many studies document the efficacy of psychotherapy for acute syndromes such as depression, but less is known about personality change in patients treated for personality pathology. The Shedler-Westen Assessment Procedure (SWAP-200; Westen & Shedler, 1999a, 1999b) is an assessment tool that measures a broad spectrum of personality constructs and is designed to bridge the gap between the clinical and empirical traditions in personality assessment. In this article, we demonstrate the use of the SWAP-200 as a measure of change in a case study of a patient diagnosed with borderline personality disorder. We collected assessment data at the start of treatment and after 2 years of psychotherapy. The findings illustrate the personality processes targeted in intensive psychotherapy for borderline personality.
Assessing personality change in psychotherapy with the SWAP-200: A case study / Lingiardi, Vittorio; Jonathan, Shedler; Gazzillo, Francesco. - In: JOURNAL OF PERSONALITY ASSESSMENT. - ISSN 0022-3891. - STAMPA. - 86:1(2006), pp. 23-32. [10.1207/s15327752jpa8601_04]