Parental qualities as perceived by borderline personality disorders.

R. L. Goldberg, L. S. Mann, T. N. Wise, E. A. Segall

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This study explores the contribution of parental qualities to the borderline personality disorder. The Parental Bonding Inventory is used to compare four parental qualities (caring mother, caring father, overprotective father, and overprotective mother) across three groups (borderline personality disorders, assorted psychiatric controls and normal controls). The major finding was that the borderline patients perceived their parents to be significantly less caring and more overprotective than both the psychiatric control or nonclinical control groups. This study was verified previous reports that patients diagnosed with an affective illness (in either the borderline group or psychiatric control group) reported no significant differences on the inventory. Pinpointing parental characteristics which antecede mental disorders may be an important first step in devising primary preventive interventions for adult disorders.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)134-140
Number of pages7
JournalHillside Journal of Clinical Psychiatry
Issue number2
StatePublished - Dec 1 1985
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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