Encyclopedia of Couple and Family Therapy

2019 Edition
| Editors: Jay L. Lebow, Anthony L. Chambers, Douglas C. Breunlin

Borderline Personality Disorder in Couple and Family Therapy

  • Alan E. FruzzettiEmail author
  • Alexandra King
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-49425-8_442

Introduction

Borderline personality disorder (BPD) is a pernicious disorder in which the vast majority of people struggle with painful emotions and a consequent lack of self-control related to trying to escape from, or alleviate, those emotions, resulting in nearly 10% lifetime suicide rate and a self-harm rate upward of 80–90%. BPD is characterized by pervasive instability across multiple domains: affect/emotion, social and interpersonal functioning, identity/self-image, cognition/problem solving, and overt behavior control (Gunderson et al. 2018). However, although pervasive emotion dysregulationis at the core of BPD, transactions within the individual’s social and family context are essential for the development, maintenance, and remediation of problems related to severe and chronic emotion dysregulation. Emotion dysregulation occurs when a person is unable to accept or change different components of the emotion process and thus experiences enough distress, due to high negative...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PsychiatryMcLean Hospital/Harvard Medical SchoolBelmontUSA
  2. 2.University of Nevada – RenoRenoUSA

Section editors and affiliations

  • Farrah Hughes
    • 1
  • Allen Sabey
    • 2
  1. 1.Employee Assistance ProgramMcLeod HealthFlorenceUSA
  2. 2.The Family Institute at Northwestern UniversityEvanstonUSA