Parents with borderline personality disorder: the child’s developmental needs

ryder, james kristian leighton (2012) Parents with borderline personality disorder: the child’s developmental needs. MSc dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Borderline personality disorder [BPD] is a significant mental health condition that affects many aspects of functioning, including emotional regulation and interpersonal relationships. As an intergenerationally-transmitted attachment disorder, parental BPD is likely to affect child development. Most people with BPD recover, but this can take up to six years, which underlines the importance of early intervention for families to improve attachment, promote child development, and prevent the transmission of BPD to future generations. Studies examining the field typically adopt medico-psychiatric paradigms, rather than social work, and employ terminology that practising Social Workers may find inaccessible. This study employed a framework analysis based on the domains of Child’s Developmental Needs, as outlined in the Framework for the Assessment of Children in Need and their Families.
    Significant themes of parental intrusiveness, insensitivity, over/under-protection, and over/under-involvement were identified, which potentially affect every aspect of child development. This leaves children at significant risk of developing behavioural and emotional disorders, and BPD itself. This study outlines roles, approaches, and interventions for work with families affected by parental BPD. As invalidating family environments are fundamental to the development of BPD, particular attention is given to assessing invalidation, and promoting validating responses.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Science > School of Health Sciences and Social Work
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 08 Aug 2012 12:15
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 12:06

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