Functional Analysis of Borderline Personality Disorder Behavioral Criterion Patterns

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  • Jennifer Waltz
  • Marsha M. Linehan


Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD), as an entity, has a history of being associated with a wide-ranging set of diagnostic criteria and symptoms. A variety of theories, primarily psychodynamic, have attempted to explain the interpersonal and self-related difficulties clients with BPD experience (Gunderson, 1984; Kernberg, 1975). Linehan’s (1993) Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and her formulation of BPD are centrally informed by a behavioral model. DBT seeks to understand the behavior of people meeting criteria for BPD using a functional analytic approach. Although frequently confusing and self-destructive, the behavior of individuals with BPD is viewed as following the same behavioral principles that govern all behavior, and particular emphasis is placed on understanding the behavior within the context.


Borderline Personality Disorder Behavioral Pattern Emotion Dysregulation Dialectical Behavior Therapy Borderline Personality Disorder 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of MontanaUSA
  2. 2.University of WashingtonUSA

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