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Developmental aspects of personality disorders

This section is edited by Carla Sharp.

"The assessment and treatment of personality disorders in youth has received increased research attention in the last 10-15 years. These advances have been reflected in the legitimization of adolescent personality disorder diagnosis in psychiatric nomenclature, and in national treatment guidelines around the world. Meanwhile, it seems that scientific evidence and national practice guidelines are yet to penetrate routine clinical care. We are therefore delighted to create a section on Developmental Aspects of Personality Disorder in youth to promote research into detection, treatment and support of borderline personality disorder in young people."



  1. Recent extensions of mentalization theory have included the hypothesis that a reduced capacity for epistemic trust in the context of attachment relationships may represent a core vulnerability for the developm...

    Authors: William Orme, Lauren Bowersox, Salome Vanwoerden, Peter Fonagy and Carla Sharp

    Citation: Borderline Personality Disorder and Emotion Dysregulation 2019 6:13

    Content type: Research article

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  2. As borderline personality disorder (BPD) is increasingly considered a lifespan developmental disorder, we need to focus on risk factors and precursors in the developmental pathways to BPD, in order to enable e...

    Authors: Christel J. Hessels, Odilia M. Laceulle, Marcel A. G. van Aken, Franz Resch and Michael Kaess

    Citation: Borderline Personality Disorder and Emotion Dysregulation 2018 5:20

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  3. Mother-infant interaction provides important training for the infant’s ability to cope with stress and the development of resilience. Prenatal stress (PS) and its impact on the offspring’s development have lon...

    Authors: Isabell Ann-Cathrin Wolf, Maria Gilles, Verena Peus, Barbara Scharnholz, Julia Seibert, Christine Jennen-Steinmetz, Bertram Krumm, Marcella Rietschel, Michael Deuschle and Manfred Laucht

    Citation: Borderline Personality Disorder and Emotion Dysregulation 2018 5:2

    Content type: Research article

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  4. Some evidence suggests that the prevalence of Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) is elevated among male criminal offenders. It is not presently known whether offending, and violent offending, are limited to...

    Authors: Marie-Pier Robitaille, Dave Checknita, Frank Vitaro, Richard E. Tremblay, Joel Paris and Sheilagh Hodgins

    Citation: Borderline Personality Disorder and Emotion Dysregulation 2017 4:25

    Content type: Research article

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  5. Linehan’s biosocial theory posits that parental invalidation during childhood plays a role in the development of borderline personality disorder symptoms later in life. However, little research has examined co...

    Authors: Shian-Ling Keng and Yun Yi Wong

    Citation: Borderline Personality Disorder and Emotion Dysregulation 2017 4:24

    Content type: Research article

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  6. Insecure attachment is a precursor and correlate of borderline personality disorder. According to the mentalization-based theory of borderline personality disorder, the presence of insecure attachment derails ...

    Authors: Emma Beck, Carla Sharp, Stig Poulsen, Sune Bo, Jesper Pedersen and Erik Simonsen

    Citation: Borderline Personality Disorder and Emotion Dysregulation 2017 4:23

    Content type: Short report

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  7. Developmental theories for the aetiology of Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) suggest that both individual features (e.g., childhood dysregulated behaviour) and negative environmental experiences (e.g., ma...

    Authors: Catherine Winsper, James Hall, Vicky Y. Strauss and Dieter Wolke

    Citation: Borderline Personality Disorder and Emotion Dysregulation 2017 4:10

    Content type: Research article

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  8. Diagnostic standards do not acknowledge developmental specifics and differences in the clinical presentation of adolescents with borderline personality disorder (BPD). BPD is associated with severe impairments...

    Authors: Michael Kaess, Gloria Fischer-Waldschmidt, Franz Resch and Julian Koenig

    Citation: Borderline Personality Disorder and Emotion Dysregulation 2017 4:7

    Content type: Research article

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  9. This paper sets out a recent transition in our thinking in relation to psychopathology associated with personality disorder, in an approach that integrates our thinking about attachment, mentalizing (understan...

    Authors: Peter Fonagy, Patrick Luyten, Elizabeth Allison and Chloe Campbell

    Citation: Borderline Personality Disorder and Emotion Dysregulation 2017 4:11

    Content type: Review

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  10. In Part 1 of this paper, we discussed emerging evidence suggesting that a general psychopathology or ‘p’ factor underlying the various forms of psychopathology should be conceptualized in terms of the absence ...

    Authors: Peter Fonagy, Patrick Luyten, Elizabeth Allison and Chloe Campbell

    Citation: Borderline Personality Disorder and Emotion Dysregulation 2017 4:9

    Content type: Review

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  11. Despite high levels of burden and distress among families with a member who has borderline personality disorder (BPD), only two BPD specific family psychoeducation groups have been empirically evaluated. Neith...

    Authors: Jessie Pearce, Martina Jovev, Carol Hulbert, Ben McKechnie, Louise McCutcheon, Jennifer Betts and Andrew M. Chanen

    Citation: Borderline Personality Disorder and Emotion Dysregulation 2017 4:5

    Content type: Research article

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  12. Previous research, which primarily focused on adult samples, suggests that individuals with borderline personality disorder (BPD) display high levels of psychopathology, dysfunctional mentalization and problem...

    Authors: Sune Bo and Mickey Kongerslev

    Citation: Borderline Personality Disorder and Emotion Dysregulation 2017 4:4

    Content type: Research article

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  13. Research has supported the notion that emotion dysregulation is a core feature of BPD. However, given that this feature is typical of healthy adolescents as well as adolescents with other psychiatric disorders...

    Authors: Marina Ibraheim, Allison Kalpakci and Carla Sharp

    Citation: Borderline Personality Disorder and Emotion Dysregulation 2017 4:1

    Content type: Research article

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