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Associating interpersonal problems and borderline personality disorder domains

Galligan, James (2023) Associating interpersonal problems and borderline personality disorder domains. Undergraduate Thesis, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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Recent studies have examined the relationship between borderline personality disorder (BPD) and interpersonal problems in a relatively broad sense. Findings from these studies have been inconclusive, confirming that BPD is heterogeneous empirically, such that there is no particular interpersonal problem associated with the disorder. This study aims to determine if breaking up BPD into its main symptom domains (affective instability, identity problems, negative relationships, and self-harm) will reveal specific interpersonal problems yet to be found when BPD is considered a unitary construct. Data from the Personality Assessment Inventory – Borderline Features Scale (PAI-BOR) and the Circumplex Scales of Interpersonal Problems (CSIP) given at a baseline were subjected to the Structural Summary Method (SSM) in order to analyze the relationships each domain had with interpersonal problems on a circumplex. Findings showed that not only was BPD as a unitary construct interpersonally diffuse, but three of the four symptom domains showed similarly diffuse results. These results are interpreted within the context of validity of the measures used, and the theoretical preposition that BPD is a core personality disorder representing a general factor of personality pathology.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
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ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Thesis AdvisorWright,
Committee CoChairSamuel,
Committee CoChairScott,
Committee CoChairBinning,
Date: 28 April 2023
Date Type: Publication
Defense Date: 18 April 2023
Approval Date: 28 April 2023
Submission Date: 25 April 2023
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Number of Pages: 31
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, Interpersonal Problems, Circumplex
Date Deposited: 28 Apr 2023 17:50
Last Modified: 28 Apr 2023 17:50


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