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Borderline personality disorder: a study in adolescence

Abstract

The study of the presentation, symptomatology and family characteristics of an exclusively adolescent sample of patients with borderline personality disorder (BPD) was undertaken. Twenty-four cases of borderline personality disorder, 20 females, 4 males, identified using chart review and meeting the criteria of the Diagnostic Interview for Borderlines (DIB) and DSM III-R, were matched with psychiatric controls. Adolescents with borderline personality disorder were found to have high rates of affective symptomatology with Axis I diagnosis of major depressive disorder - MDD (DSM-III-R), and high rates of interpersonal psychopathology, i.e., manipulation, devaluation, and a pervasive sense of boredom. The latter seem to be characteristic as for adults with borderline personality disorder. The families were particularly angry and volatile.

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James, A., Berelowitz, M. & Vereker, M. Borderline personality disorder: a study in adolescence. European Child & Adolescent Psychiatry 5, 11–17 (1996). https://doi.org/10.1007/BF00708209

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  • Adolescence
  • borderline personality disorder