Role of Sexual Abuse in the Etiology of Borderline Personality Disorder

Role of Sexual Abuse in the Etiology of Borderline Personality Disorder

By: Mary C. Zanarini (editor)Hardback

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Over the years, borderline personality disorder (BPD) has been conceptualized in a variety of ways. However, recent research has consistently found that a history of childhood sexual abuse may affect its development. Role of Sexual Abuse in the Etiology of Borderline Personality Disorder explores the most recent advances regarding this highly controversial disorder, presenting the research and expertise of 26 distinguished contributors. This book provides both the factual and the historical contexts of sexual abuse in BPD. It presents the latest findings regarding the impact of traumatic childhood experiences on the development of BPD. This new generation of research is unique in that it assesses a range of pathological childhood experiences rather than focusing solely on the parameters of abuse. This book covers many topics, including evolving perspectives on the etiology of BPD, childhood factors associated with the development of BPD, and the relationship between self-destructive behavior and pathological childhood experiences in BPD. In addition, highly regarded clinicians in this area describe useful clinical approaches to the treatment of borderline patients with an abuse history. This volume offers invaluable information for clinicians treating borderline patients with or without an abuse history.

About Author

Mary C. Zanarini, Ed.D., is Director of the McLean Study of Adult Development and the Laboratory for the Study of Adult Development at McLean Hospital, Belmont, Massachusetts. Dr., Zanarini is also Assistant Professor of Psychology at Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts.


Evolving perspectives on the etiology of borderline personality disorder. Parameters of childhood sexual abuse in female borderline patients and Axis II control subjects. Childhood factors associated with development of borderline personality disorder. Etiological factors in the development of borderline personality disorder in a sample of convicted women felons in North Carolina. Relationship of childhood abuse and maternal attachment to development of borderline personality disorder. Relationship of childhood sexual abuse to dissociation and self-mutilation in female patients with borderline personality disorder. Relationship between lifetime self-destructiveness and pathological childhood experiences in borderline personality disorder. Severity of childhood sexual abuse, borderline symptoms, and familial environment. Neurologic vulnerability and trauma in borderline personality disorder. History of childhood sexual abuse and the course of borderline personality disorder. Biosocial perspective on the relationship of childhood sexual abuse, suicidal behavior, and borderline personality disorder. Effects of a history of childhood abuse on treatment of borderline patients. Index.

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9780880484961
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 264
  • ID: 9780880484961
  • weight: 454
  • ISBN10: 0880484969

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