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The lack of negative affects as an indicator for identity disturbance in borderline personality disorder : a preliminary report

Walter, Marc and Berth, Hendrik and Selinger, Joseph and Gerhard, Urs and Küchenhoff, Joachim and Frommer, Jörg and Dammann, Gerhard. (2009) The lack of negative affects as an indicator for identity disturbance in borderline personality disorder : a preliminary report. Psychopathology, 42 (6). pp. 399-404.

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Abstract

BACKGROUND: Patients with borderline personality disorder (BPD) suffer from instability of their relationships, their affectivity and their identity. The purpose of the study was to investigate negative affects and identity disturbance in patients with BPD and in patients without personality disorder using questionnaire data and interview data. SAMPLING AND METHODS: Twelve patients with BPD and 12 patients with major depressive disorder without any personality disorder were assessed with the Structured Interview of Personality Organization (STIPO) and questionnaires (Inventory of Personality Organization, Beck Depression Inventory, State-Trait Anxiety Inventory). They were compared with respect to the frequency of negative affective verbal expressions using computerized content analysis methods. RESULTS: BPD patients showed higher levels of anxiety, depression and identity diffusion in the questionnaires than major depressive disorder patients without personality disorder. However, they did not report more negative affective expressions in the interview. Patients with identity disturbance of both groups showed higher values of negative mood in the questionnaires, but less anger, less anxiety and less affective intensity in the interview. CONCLUSION: The preliminary findings indicate that patients with identity disturbance show high levels of negative affects in questionnaires but only few negative affects in the interview situation. More studies are needed to enhance the understanding of negative affects and identity disturbance in BPD.
Faculties and Departments:03 Faculty of Medicine > Bereich Psychiatrie (Klinik) > Erwachsenenpsychiatrie UPK
03 Faculty of Medicine > Departement Klinische Forschung > Bereich Psychiatrie (Klinik) > Erwachsenenpsychiatrie UPK
03 Faculty of Medicine > Bereich Psychiatrie (Klinik) > Erwachsenenpsychiatrie UPK > Erwachsenenpsychiatrie (Lang)
03 Faculty of Medicine > Departement Klinische Forschung > Bereich Psychiatrie (Klinik) > Erwachsenenpsychiatrie UPK > Erwachsenenpsychiatrie (Lang)
UniBasel Contributors:Dammann, Gerhard and Walter, Marc
Item Type:Article, refereed
Article Subtype:Research Article
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Publisher:Karger
ISSN:0254-4962
e-ISSN:1423-033X
Note:Publication type according to Uni Basel Research Database: Journal article
Language:English
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