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Title: Psychological well-being and future-directed thinking in borderline personality disorder
Author: Blackburn, Samantha
Awarding Body: Royal Holloway, University of London
Current Institution: Royal Holloway, University of London
Date of Award: 2014
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The aim of the present study was to further understand psychological well-being (PWB) and future-directed thinking in individuals with a diagnosis of Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD). A cross-sectional mixed design was used with 24 individuals with a diagnosis of BPD and 24 community participants (Controls). Participants were measured on PWB and a measure of future-directed thinking. Future-thoughts provided by participants were also content analysed, and it was hypothesised the BPD Group would have particularly marked deficits within interpersonal future thoughts. Consistent with previous findings (MacLeod et al., 2004), BPD participants had fewer positive future-directed thoughts compared to Controls, in the absence of any differences in negative future-directed thoughts. The BPD Group had significantly lower PWB scores on all six of the Ryff Psychological Well-being dimensions. The Control Group generated significantly more positive future-directed thoughts related to Relations with Others and Recreational activities, as well as more thoughts related to Having/Raising Children than the BPD Group. The findings extend the understanding of BPD individuals by profiling their well-being and describing in more detail their future-directed thinking.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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Keywords: psychology ; psychological well-being ; borderline personality disorder ; BPD