Borderline Personality Disorders And The Emotional Quality Of Youth Memories.

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Abstract

Objectives: Personality disorders (PD), and especially borderline PD (BDL), are etiologically associated with childhood traumatic experiences. This study investigated relationships between the PD's and positive and negative emotional qualities of autobiographical youth memories.
Methods: The Youth Sentence Completion Test (15-item YSCT) covers the autobiographical domains "General" (e.g. "My youth was ....."), "Parents", and "Family". A clinician-based scoring was developed for the quantification of positive and negative emotional qualities of the sentence completions. ADP-IV questionnaire (Assessment DSM-IV Personality Disorders) and the YSTC were obtained in 433 Flemish psychiatric inpatients.
Results: Correlations with ADP-IV dimensional scales were positive for the Negative Emotional scale (BDL: r=.40 level) and negative for the Positive Emotional scales (BDL: r= .30 level). However, only the General and Family scales obtained substantial correlations with the ADP-IV scales.
Conclusions: The findings confirm the association between childhood adversity, BDL and PD and emphasize the importance of investigating child-siblings relations and the general emotional aspects of patients' youth experiences. Moreover, the results suggest that a positive (emotional quality of) youth memories might constitute a protective factor for personality pathology.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationOral presentation at at the 1st International Congress on Borderline Personality Disorder, Berlin, 1-3 juli 2010.
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2010
EventFinds and Results from the Swedish Cyprus Expedition: A Gender Perspective at the Medelhavsmuseet - Stockholm, Sweden
Duration: 21 Sep 200925 Sep 2009

Conference

ConferenceFinds and Results from the Swedish Cyprus Expedition: A Gender Perspective at the Medelhavsmuseet
CountrySweden
CityStockholm
Period21/09/0925/09/09

Keywords

  • borderline personality disorder
  • development
  • youth memories

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