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Title: Shame in adolescence : gender differences and links with social anxiety
Author: Taylor, Helen M. V.
Awarding Body: University of Surrey
Current Institution: University of Surrey
Date of Award: 2012
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This review considers Fonagy et al.'s (2000) theory that an inhibition of mentalizing capacity, through dysfunctional attachment relationships, is key to the aetiology of Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD). After reflecting on the conceptual background of mentalization and BPD, I consider the account of normal development of mentalizing and consider how this may be inhibited through badly attuned caregiving and abusive experiences. There are many links between the symptoms of BPD and an inhibition of mentalizing capacity, which give support for its implication in the aetiology of the condition. There are questions over whether the theory fully explains the clinical features of BPD, and concerns are raised about whether there is sufficient empirical support. However, the theory serves to move in-the direction of theoretical coherence in the understanding of BPD, and focus on mentalization opens up a useful area for research more generally.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (D.Psychol.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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