Schemas and Borderline Personality Disorder symptoms in incarcerated women.

Research paper by Matt W MW Specht, Alex A Chapman, Tony T Cellucci

Indexed on: 23 Jan '09Published on: 23 Jan '09Published in: Journal of behavior therapy and experimental psychiatry


There is increasing interest regarding the role of maladaptive cognition in Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD). The current study examined the relationship between early maladaptive schema (EMS) domains and BPD symptoms as well as whether schema domains account for the relationship between childhood maltreatment and BPD severity. Incarcerated women (N=105) were assessed for BPD symptoms via semi-structured diagnostic interview. Disconnection/Rejection and Impaired Limits were associated with BPD pathology although these domains shared variance with depression and antisocial personality disorder pathology, respectively. In addition, the relationship between childhood abuse and BPD severity was non-significant after controlling for schema domains. Related findings and the implications for cognitive treatment of BPD are discussed.