Borderline personality disorder and helpful service relationships: a grounded theory study

Gregory, Rachel (2010) Borderline personality disorder and helpful service relationships: a grounded theory study. D.Clin.Psychol. thesis, Canterbury Christ Church University.

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Section A: Critically reviews the literature pertinent to how services are helpful for people diagnosed with borderline personality disorder (BPD). This includes service-user research and evidence based on clinicians' experiences. Relevant theories are discussed and the gap in the current evidence base is provided.
Section B: Most research evidence relating to BPD focuses on how specialist psychological models are helpful rather than how mental healthcare services relate helpfully to people with this diagnosis. This study explored this further using grounded theory methodology. Semi-structured interviews were conducted with eight mental healthcare clinicians and eight service-user participants diagnosed with BPD. The results suggested that the most helpful services are those that can form a secure, safe and consistent attachment to individuals with BPD. These services should be accepting and validating where responsibility is shared. Least helpful are those with disorganised attachment styles where themes around dependency, invalidation, and rejection are suggested. Further research would be beneficial to ascertain if these findings are supported by other specialist mental healthcare teams with a more diverse population.
Section C: Critically appraises the research project and provides reflections about the research process and how the researcher felt when conducting this research project.

Item Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Borderline personality disorder; Mental health services; Mental health care; Grounded theory
Subjects: R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine > RA0421 Public health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine > RA0790 Mental health services. Mental illness prevention
R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC0435 Psychiatry > RC0554 Personality disorders. Behavior problems
Divisions: pre Nov-2014 > Faculty of Social and Applied Sciences > Applied Psychology
Depositing User: Users 36 not found.
Date Deposited: 06 Dec 2011 16:53
Last Modified: 22 Sep 2016 15:34

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