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Title: Biographic narratives of individuals with clinical needs relating to characteristics of borderline personality functioning
Author: Agnew, Gillian
ISNI:       0000 0004 5372 1741
Awarding Body: Queen's University Belfast
Current Institution: Queen's University Belfast
Date of Award: 2014
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Identity disturbance has been debated as one of the core features of Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD). The present study availed of biographic narrative interviews to derive life stories of five females with symptoms of borderline personality. Interviews were analysed using thematic analysis. Three themes relating to identity were highlighted from participant transcripts: self to self connection, the distance between us, and hurt and healing. Results provided support for a relational conceptualisation of identity. Participant's identities were impacted upon by family and relationship dysfunction but narratives also illustrated the positive impact of helpful and healing experiences. Findings provided support to theories and interventions that demonstrate a consideration of relational identity and the empowerment of healthy aspects of the self and relationships with others in BPD recovery. Future studies that assess the idiosyncrasies of the association between insight and change may be helpful in providing treatment to this complex population.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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