Borderline Personality Disorder and Childhood Abuse: Revisions in Clinical Thinking and Treatment Approach

Abstract

In this paper, we consider the implications of new research on childhood abuse for our understanding of people diagnosed with borderline personality disorder. We begin by reviewing and reframing core features of the diagnosis: primitive defenses, unstable relationships, identity disturbance, inability to be alone, and self-destructiveness. In addition, we examine the treatment implications of the data on childhood trauma in the context of our reframing of these diagnostic markers. Finally, we address the question of the borderline diagnosis itself in light of these

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@inproceedings{Saunders2008BorderlinePD, title={Borderline Personality Disorder and Childhood Abuse: Revisions in Clinical Thinking and Treatment Approach}, author={Eleanor A. Saunders}, year={2008} }