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Perceived invalidation in adolescent borderline personality disorder: an investigation of parallel reports of caregiver responses to negative emotions

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posted on 2024-06-18, 13:50 authored by Clair Bennett, Glenn MelvinGlenn Melvin, Jeremy Quek, Naysun Saeedi, Michael GordonMichael Gordon, Louise K Newman
Childhood experiences of emotional invalidation are commonly reported by adults with borderline personality disorder (BPD). This study aimed to compare perceptions of emotional invalidation between adolescents with and adolescents without BPD, and their primary caregivers. Participants were 51 adolescents subdivided into a clinical group of 26 adolescents with BPD and a community-control group of 25 adolescents, each with their primary caregivers. To examine perceptions of invalidation, adolescents and caregivers completed parallel reports assessing caregiver responses to adolescents' negative emotions. Adolescents with BPD reported more punitive and less supportive responses to their negative emotions than their caregivers. In the control group, by contrast, differences between caregiver and adolescent reports were due to caregivers rating themselves more harshly than did adolescents. Findings demonstrated that adolescents with BPD perceived their caregivers to be relatively less supportive and more invalidating than did adolescents without BPD. Results highlight the importance of adolescents' subjective experiences of caregiving to enduring borderline psychopathology.

History

Journal

Child psychiatry & human development

Volume

50

Pagination

209-221

Location

Cham, Switzerland

ISSN

0009-398X

eISSN

1573-3327

Language

eng

Publication classification

C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal

Copyright notice

2018, Springer Science+Business Media

Issue

2

Publisher

Springer