Presentation Title

Effects of Attachment on the Development of Borderline Personality Disorder

Document Type

Poster Presentation

Keywords

borderline personality disorder, attachments, psychology

Biography

I am a student from Ripley, WV. Originally I came to Marshall University to study game development, but now I am a psychology major with an intention to study school psychology in graduate school.

Major

Psychology

Advisor for this project

Dr. Marc Lindberg

Start Date

20-4-2017 10:00 AM

End Date

20-4-2017 11:00 AM

Abstract

Borderline personality disorder (BPD) is characterized by a persistent pattern of instability in association with cognition, identity, and interpersonal relationships (Paris, 2005; Skodol, et al., 2002). It was hypothesized that borderline personality disorder results from a combination of factors, including adverse childhood experiences, insecure attachments (especially mixed or disorganized attachments), clinical issues, and relationship related clinical issues that create and sustain the chaotic pattern of relationships. 480 participants were used. The ACE questionnaire measures adverse childhood experiences in a self-report format. The CAGE/DCAGE measures were used in the second round of testing, along with the ACE Questionnaire. The CAGE/DCAGE is a four-item yes/no measure where each yes is one point. The CAGE tests for alcohol misuse, while the DCAGE is identical, but tests for drug misuse. The ACIQ (Lindberg & Thomas, 2011) was used to test what attachment and related clinical issues are present in individuals afflicted with BPD. These measures were used in this study to determine possible causes for why individuals become symptomatic of BPD. The data presented shows the correlation of BPD with attachment, through using the Westen Yes/No scale, the Westen Likert-type scale, and the Zanarini BPD scale. The data shows that BPD correlates with almost all measures of the ACIQ scale and other measures. By using the ACIQ we can conclude that attachment has a significant effect on BPD.

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Effects of Attachment on the Development of Borderline Personality Disorder

Borderline personality disorder (BPD) is characterized by a persistent pattern of instability in association with cognition, identity, and interpersonal relationships (Paris, 2005; Skodol, et al., 2002). It was hypothesized that borderline personality disorder results from a combination of factors, including adverse childhood experiences, insecure attachments (especially mixed or disorganized attachments), clinical issues, and relationship related clinical issues that create and sustain the chaotic pattern of relationships. 480 participants were used. The ACE questionnaire measures adverse childhood experiences in a self-report format. The CAGE/DCAGE measures were used in the second round of testing, along with the ACE Questionnaire. The CAGE/DCAGE is a four-item yes/no measure where each yes is one point. The CAGE tests for alcohol misuse, while the DCAGE is identical, but tests for drug misuse. The ACIQ (Lindberg & Thomas, 2011) was used to test what attachment and related clinical issues are present in individuals afflicted with BPD. These measures were used in this study to determine possible causes for why individuals become symptomatic of BPD. The data presented shows the correlation of BPD with attachment, through using the Westen Yes/No scale, the Westen Likert-type scale, and the Zanarini BPD scale. The data shows that BPD correlates with almost all measures of the ACIQ scale and other measures. By using the ACIQ we can conclude that attachment has a significant effect on BPD.