The interaction of borderline personality disorder symptoms and relationship satisfaction in predicting positive and negative affect

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Katherine Kuhlken (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Rosemery Nelson-Gray

Abstract: Previous research suggests that the quality of current relationships may have prognostic significance for individuals with borderline personality disorder (BPD). The goal of this study was to examine the impact of the interaction of BPD symptoms and romantic relationship satisfaction on state affect. It was predicted that individuals reporting greater BPD symptoms and a more satisfying relationship would report less negative and more positive affect than comparable individuals in a less satisfying relationship. Questionnaires assessing BPD symptoms, relationship satisfaction, and affect were administered to 111 female undergraduates, most of whom then completed daily measures of relationship satisfaction and affect over a 2-week period. Hierarchical multiple regression and hierarchical linear modeling were used to test the hypotheses. The interaction of BPD symptoms with relationship satisfaction was found to significantly predict anger, as measured initially, suggesting that satisfying romantic relationships may be a protective factor for individuals reporting greater BPD symptoms.

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Language: English
Date: 2011
Affect, Anger, Borderline personality disorder, Relationship, Romantic relationship
Borderline personality disorder
Interpersonal relations

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