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Perceived emotional invalidation and borderline personality disorder features: a test of theory

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posted on 01.05.2014, 00:00 authored by Bonnie Sturrock, David MellorDavid Mellor
Contemporary theories of borderline personality disorder (BPD) have detailed the functional importance of emotional invalidation in meaningful relationships as an aetiological and perpetuating factor of its core disturbances. The purpose of our study was to test aspects of Linehan's (1993) biosocial and Fruzzetti (1996) and Fruzzetti, Shenk, and Hoffman's (2005) validation/invalidation family interactions transactional theories in a community sample of 186 participants. Results indicated that a multi-mediational path model of invalidation in meaningful relationships, emotion dysregulation, poor distress tolerance and BPD symptoms provided a perfect fit to the data and accounted for a substantial amount of variance in BPD (38%). The results provided support for these complimentary theories of BPD, which hold promise for clinical applications and future research.

History

Journal

Personality and mental health

Volume

8

Issue

2

Pagination

128 - 142

Publisher

John Wiley & Sons

Location

Chichester, England

ISSN

1932-8621

eISSN

1932-863X

Language

eng

Publication classification

C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal; C Journal article

Copyright notice

2014, Wiley-Blackwell