Book Chapter

Parenting and borderline personality disorder

L Newman, R O'shaughnessy

Parental Psychiatric Disorder: Distressed Parents and their Families, Third Edition | Published : 2015


In recent years, models of borderline personality disorder (BPD) have changed from an almost exclusive focus on the internal characteristics of a person to an emphasis on the developmental context. Research suggests that the majority of people diagnosed with BPD are characterized by insecure or disorganized states of mind with respect to attachment, as well as by unresolved trauma (Fonagy et al., 1996). Thus, individuals with BPD have usually themselves experienced early relational trauma and adverse childhood experiences. The long-term psychological sequelae of childhood trauma are profound and include difficulties in affect regulation and interpersonal relationships and failure of the capa..

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