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Parent-Child Boundaries Link to BPD in Adolescence

Psychiatry Res; ePub 2017 Aug 12; Vanwoerden, et al

The relevance of inadequate parent-child boundaries to children's borderline personality disorder (BPD) have important implications for understanding the dynamics in families with adolescents with BPD, according to a recent study, the first one to actually measure such boundaries during adolescence. Using a multi-method approach, researchers recruited 301 adolescent inpatients (65.1% female; aged 12–17 years). Parents and adolescents completed questionnaire- and interview-based measures of BPD features in adolescent children and a questionnaire-based measure of parent-child boundaries. They found:

  • Relations were found between parental guilt induction and psychological control with children's BPD features above and beyond relations with psychiatric severity and gender.
  • Relations between parent reports of triangulation (when children are recruited to mediate parental marital conflict) and children's BPD were contingent on the level of children's perceptions of triangulation.

Citation:

Vanwoerden S, Kalpakci A, Sharp C. The relations between inadequate parent-child boundaries and borderline personality disorder in adolescence. [Published online ahead of print August 12, 2017]. Psychiatry Res. doi:10.1016/j.psychres.2017.08.015.

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