Borderline personality disorder and deliberate self-harm: Does experiential avoidance play a role?

Alexander L. Chapman, Matthew W. Specht, Tony Cellucci

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Abstract

The theory that borderline personality disorder (BPD) is associated with experiential avoidance, and that experiential avoidance mediates the association between BPD and deliberate, nonsuicidal self-harm was examined. Female inmate participants (N = 105) were given structured diagnostic assessments of BPD, as well as several measures of experiential avoidance. There was a high lifetime prevalence of past self-harm (47.6%). Higher dimensional scores representing BPD severity were associated with higher self-harm frequency and greater experiential avoidance. Structural equation modeling analyses indicated that experiential avoidance did not mediate the association between BPD and self-harm, although thought suppression was associated with self-harm frequency.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)388-399
Number of pages12
JournalSuicide and Life-Threatening Behavior
Volume35
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Aug 1 2005

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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