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The social problem-solving abilities of people with borderline personality disorder

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<mark>Journal publication date</mark>06/2007
<mark>Journal</mark>Behaviour Research and Therapy
Issue number6
Volume45
Number of pages9
Pages (from-to)1409-1417
Publication statusPublished
Original languageEnglish

Abstract

Interventions for people suffering from borderline personality disorder (BPD), such as dialectical behaviour therapy, often include a problem-solving component. However, there is an absence of published studies examining the problem-solving abilities of this client group. In this study, the social problem-solving (SPS) abilities of three groups of participants were assessed: a BPD group (n = 25), a clinical control (CC) group (n = 25) procedure and a non-clinical control (NCC) group (n = 25). SPS ability was assessed using the means-end problem-solving (MEPS) procedure and the Social Problem-Solving Inventory-Revised (SPSI-R). The BPD group exhibited deficits in their SPS abilities, however the majority of these deficits were not specific to the BPD group but were also found in the CC group, indicating that a common factor between these two groups, such as negative affect, may account for these observed deficits. Specific SPS deficits were identified in the BPD group: they provided less specific solutions on the MEPS and reported higher levels of negative problem orientation and a more impulsive/carelessness style towards solving social problems. The results of this study provide empirical support for the use of problem-solving interventions with people suffering from BPD. (c) 2006 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.