Attachment and Borderline Personality Disorder Research Paper by Nicky

An analysis of the possible correlations between borderline personality disorder and attachment.
# 145839 | 3,927 words | 10 sources | APA | 2010 | US
Published on Nov 29, 2010 in Psychology (Disorders) , Psychology (Theory)

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This paper focuses on research on specific psychological disorders, initially defining borderline personality disorder (BPD) as a highly prevalent, chronic, and debilitating psychiatric problem characterized by a pattern of chaotic and self-defeating interpersonal relationships, emotional lability, poor impulse control, angry outbursts, frequent suicidality, and self-mutilation. The paper asserts that the cited research was instrumental in understanding how the self creates defenses that are particular to how the individual sees him or herself, and how they interact in their social and emotional relationships as a result of the failure to integrate selves. The paper discusses Schema Theory and optimism-focused therapy as treatment options for BPD and other disorders caused by childhood trauma. The paper concludes that future application of optimism-focused therapy on patients such as adult survivors of child sexual abuse would likely improve long-term outcomes and increase the patients' overall level of optimism and hopefulness for the future.

From the Paper:

"Pickover in Breaking the Cycle: a Clinical Example of Disrupting an Insecure Attachment System provides the reader with a clinical case study style empirical demonstration of how one might develop a system that effectively breaks a developing system of insecure attachment, in a child. (2002) It is not unusual for theorists and clinicians to face the idea of prevention, Pickover in fact provides the basis for the development of a system of counseling for children at risk for developing insecure attachment, and therefore increased risk of adult psychological disorders. The behavioral interventions are secondary to the application of attachment theory as a basis for intervention in the work. After a period of relationship building as well as the performance of the collection of all the perfunctory historical data on the patient the intervention seems relatively simple the councilor, in short replaced primary attachment with a more secure pattern of attachment with a stranger, in this case the counselor."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Clarkin, J. F. Levy, K. N. Lenzenweger, M. F. Kernberg, O. F. (June 2007) Evaluating Three Treatments for Borderline Personality Disorder: A Multiwave Study Ameican Journal of Psychology 164:6, 922-928.
  • Clarkin, J. F. & Levy, K. N. (April 2003) A Psychodynamic Treatment for Severe Personality Disorders: Issues in Treatment Development Psychoanalytic Inquiry 23:2 248-268.
  • Kellogg, S. H. Young, J. E. (February 2006) Schema Therapy for Borderline Personality Disorder Journal of Clinical Psychology 62:4 445-458.
  • Kimball, J. S., & Diddams, M. (2007). Affect Regulation as a Mediator of Attachment and Deliberate Self-Harm. Journal of College Counseling, 10(1), 44.
  • Levy, K. N. Meehan, K. B. Kelly, K. M. Reynoso, J. S. Weber, M. Clarkin, J. F. & Kernberg, O.F. (2006) Change in Attachment Patterns and Reflective Function in a Randomized Control Trial of Transference-Focused Psychotherapy for Borderline Personality Disorder Journal of Counseling and Clinical Psychology 74:6 1027-1040.

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