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Title: Borderline personality disorder from both sides : staff and client perspectives
Author: Stewart, Rose E.
ISNI:       0000 0004 2726 6458
Awarding Body: University of Warwick
Current Institution: University of Warwick
Date of Award: 2012
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The difficulties faced by individuals attracting a diagnosis of Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) are multiple and varied. Whilst the psychological difficulties characteristic of this diagnosis have a significant impact on these clients’ everyday lives, they also contend with others’ attitudes and responses to their diagnosis, which has proved both controversial and stigmatising. Chapter one concentrates on the stigma that surrounds the BPD label by presenting a systematic review of the literature relating to professionals’ attitudes and responses to individuals diagnosed with BPD. This highlights the predominantly negative perceptions of this client group, the strength of countertransference experienced by professionals working with this client group, and the ways in which clinicians respond to this. Chapter two concentrates on the perspectives of clients with BPD by reporting an empirical study investigating the lived experiences of parenting for mothers with BPD. The experiences of six mothers are explored using a phenomenological approach and the themes emerging from their interviews are discussed in detail. The findings are considered in relation to the existing literature and the implications in terms of providing support for mothers with BPD are discussed. Chapter three continues the theme of motherhood by presenting a reflective paper focussing on the analysis of parenting–related dreams experienced by the author during the course of the research. The personal and professional implications of the dream analysis and research completion are considered.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (D.Clin.Psy.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: RC Internal medicine