Journal article

Borderline personality disorder, mother-infant interaction and parenting perceptions: preliminary findings.

Louise K Newman, Caroline S Stevenson, Lindy R Bergman, Philip Boyce

Aust N Z J Psychiatry | Published : 2007


OBJECTIVE: Parents diagnosed with borderline personality disorder (BPD) are likely to find the emotional aspects of parenting challenging. Research into the difficulties that these parents experience, however, is lacking. The aims of the present study were to (i) gain an understanding of the interactional patterns of mothers with BPD and their infants and (ii) to explore the parenting perceptions of mothers with BPD. METHOD: Two groups of mother-infant dyads were recruited: mothers with BPD and their infants; and community mothers and their infants. Groups were compared on mother-infant interaction patterns and on maternal self-perceptions of parenting. RESULTS: Mothers with BPD were found t..

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