The general prognosis for individuals with dependent personality disorder is good. Most people with this disorder have have a supportive relationship with at least one parent. This enables them to engage in treatment to varying degrees and to explore to source of their dependent behavior. If persons who enter treatment can learn to become more autonomous, improved functioning can be expected.
Since dependent personality disorder originates in the patient’s family, the only known preventive measure in a nurturing, emothionally stimulating, and expressive caregiving environment.