Avoidance of affect mediates the effect of invalidating childhood environments on borderline personality symptomatology in a non-clinical sample

Sturrock, B, Francis, A and Carr, S 2009, 'Avoidance of affect mediates the effect of invalidating childhood environments on borderline personality symptomatology in a non-clinical sample', Clinical Psychologist, vol. 13, no. 2, pp. 41-51.


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Title Avoidance of affect mediates the effect of invalidating childhood environments on borderline personality symptomatology in a non-clinical sample
Author(s) Sturrock, B
Francis, A
Carr, S
Year 2009
Journal name Clinical Psychologist
Volume number 13
Issue number 2
Start page 41
End page 51
Total pages 11
Publisher Taylor-Francis
Abstract The aim of this study was to test the Linehan (1993) proposal regarding associations between invalidating childhood environments, distress tolerance (e.g., avoidance of affect), and borderline personality disorder (BPD) symptoms. The sample consisted of 141 non-clinical participants (51 men, 89 women, one gender unknown), ranging in age from 18 to 71 years (M=35.17 years, SD=13.89). The questionnaire package explored childhood environment, methods of coping with distress, and BPD features. Results indicated that reports of maternal invalidation were significantly correlated with avoidance of affect and BPD (p < .05). Mediation analysis indicated that avoidance of affect mediated the relationship between maternal invalidation and BPD. Consistent with the Linehan (1993) model, pervasive parental invalidation and avoidance of affect are considered potentially important constructs in the development and maintenance of BPD. This research contributes to the general understanding of BPD and may assist in refining the already efficacious interventions directed at patients with BPD.
Subject Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology
Keyword(s) borderline personality
cognitive
behavioural
DOI - identifier 10.1080/13284200902936927
ISSN 13284207
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