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Associations between parent/child borderline personality disorder and parent-child reporting of offspring suicidality

Buczewski, Jonah (2020) Associations between parent/child borderline personality disorder and parent-child reporting of offspring suicidality. Undergraduate Thesis, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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Suicidality reporting discrepancies between parents and children are often related to various forms of psychopathology. The prevalence of suicidality reporting discrepancy highlights the need for more research in this area. Within the suicidality reporting discrepancy context, borderline personality disorder (BPD) remains unexplored. BPD is a severe personality disorder with high suicide rates and multiple features that may impact accurate symptom disclosure. This project explored the relationship between parent/child borderline personality disorder symptom severity and reporting discrepancies. Parent-child dyads were categorized into discrepant or concordant groups based on endorsement or denial of the child’s suicidality. Parents were interviewed about their children’s suicidality symptoms and their own symptoms of BPD, and children were interviewed separately regarding their own suicidality and BPD symptoms. Once dyads were categorized, we ran a logistic regression using generalized linear models to see how parent and child BPD symptom severity related to discrepancy. As expected, both parent and child BPD symptom severity were positively correlated with discrepancy, and parent thoughts of dying was a covariate. Unexpectedly, the relationship between parent BPD symptoms and discrepancy did not hold when ran together with child BPD symptoms in the same model, suggesting that the children’s symptoms may be more influential. Our findings support the pattern of psychopathology related to suicidality reporting discrepancy and highlight the role of the child in symptom disclosure. Clinical and future research implications are addressed.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Buczewski, Jonahjob128@pitt.edujob128
ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairStepp,
Committee MemberBeeney,
Committee MemberChoukas-Bradley,
Committee MemberWright,
Date: 4 May 2020
Date Type: Publication
Defense Date: 12 December 2019
Approval Date: 4 May 2020
Submission Date: 14 April 2020
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Number of Pages: 32
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: David C. Frederick Honors College
Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences > Psychology
Degree: BPhil - Bachelor of Philosophy
Thesis Type: Undergraduate Thesis
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: borderline personality disorder suicidality reporting discrepancies
Date Deposited: 04 May 2020 13:27
Last Modified: 04 May 2020 13:27


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