Associations among borderline personality disorder traits, distress tolerance, and interpersonal functioning

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Sudheera T. Ranaweera (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Rosemery Gray

Abstract: The current study utilized a diverse sample of 231 female undergraduate students to explore if a task intended to produce distress impacts the interpersonal problem solving ability of participants higher in borderline personality disorder (BPD) traits more than those lower in BPD traits. Undergraduate participants were randomly assigned to a distressing task (Paced Auditory Serial Addition Task-Computerized; PASAT-C) or a control task. As a check on the manipulation, they were given a one-item State Distress Measure before and after participating in either the distressing task or control task. Additionally, all participants were given the Means End Problem Solving Task (MEPS), an outcome measure of interpersonal problem-solving ability. It was hypothesized that: 1) Higher BPD traits would be associated with poorer interpersonal problem solving, 2) Lower distress tolerance would be associated with poorer interpersonal problem solving, (3) The interaction of borderline traits and distressing condition would significantly predict poorer interpersonal problem solving. Unexpectedly, none of these hypotheses was confirmed; possible reasons are discussed

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Language: English
Date: 2018
Borderline personality disorder, Distress tolerance, Interpersonal problem solving
Borderline personality disorder
Distress (Psychology)
Interpersonal relations

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