Contributions of Parental Psychopathology and Child Maltreatment to Borderline Personality Disorder
The contributions of parental psychopathology and child maltreatment to borderline personality disorder (BPD) were examined. Participants were 155 community members. Parental psychopathology was measured using the Family History Research Diagnostic Criteria interview, BPD was measured using the Personality Disorder Interview IV, and childhood maltreatment was measured using the Interview of Childhood Experiences. The path analytic method was used to analyze the data. Consistent with past research, child maltreatment, specifically emotional and sexual abuse, predicted BPD. Also consistent with previous research, different forms of child maltreatment were associated with parental psychopathology. Significant direct links between parental psychopathology and BPD were not found. The results of this study suggest that parental psychopathology contributes to child maltreatment, which in turn contributes to BPD.
Tennessee State University
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Psychology, Clinical/Community Division
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