Improving outcomes for adolescents and adults with traits of borderline personality disorder (BPD)

O'Grady, Clare (2017). Improving outcomes for adolescents and adults with traits of borderline personality disorder (BPD). University of Birmingham. Clin.Psy.D.

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There are two papers contained within Volume I of the thesis. The first is a systematic review which aimed to assess the efficacy of psychological interventions with adolescents with traits of Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD). A systematic search of three databases resulted in 12 papers, which were assessed against a quality framework. As there were limited papers which were of high quality and a paucity of evidence within each of the interventions assessed, it was difficult to draw conclusive results from the review. The second paper is a research study which sought to understand the experiences of females with BPD traits who had frequently been admitted to psychiatric inpatient services. Seven participants were interviewed using Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis. Four super-ordinate themes were identified: ‘BPD diagnosis is shorthand for untreatable and exclusion from services’; ‘Care-shaped gaps in services’; ‘Hospital as an illusion of escape, protection, safety, respite’ The importance of responsive and therapeutic relationships with clinicians was highlighted throughout the results as being fundamental to helping to develop better long term outcomes. A supportive transition from inpatient services to community, with a clear plan of support to empower the individual, was posited to be of utmost importance.

Type of Work: Thesis (Doctorates > Clin.Psy.D.)
Award Type: Doctorates > Clin.Psy.D.
College/Faculty: Colleges (2008 onwards) > College of Life & Environmental Sciences
School or Department: School of Psychology
Funders: None/not applicable
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology


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