An Investigation of Organic Factors in the Neuropsychological Functioning of Patients with Borderline Personality Disorder

Travers, Catherine & King, Robert (2005) An Investigation of Organic Factors in the Neuropsychological Functioning of Patients with Borderline Personality Disorder. Journal of Personality Disorders, 19(1), pp. 1-18.

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The hypothesis to be tested in this study was that the cognitive deficits that have been documented in patients with Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) are largely the consequence of organic insult, either developmental or acquired. Using a cross–sectional design, 80 subjects (males and females) who met the criteria for BPD participated in the study. They completed a battery of neuropsychological tests and a comprehensive interview assessing organic status as well as measures of the potentially confounding factors of current levels of depression and anxiety. It was expected that BPD-patients with a probable history of organic insult would perform significantly worse than would BPD patients without such a history. Analyses of the results provided partial support for the hypothesis. Subjects with both BPD and a history of organic insult were significantly more impaired on several measures including measures of attention than were BPD only subjects. The results suggested that the impaired cognitive performance of persons diagnosed with BPD may, in part, be attributed to organic factors.

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ID Code: 46464
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
DOI: 10.1521/pedi.
ISSN: 0885-579X
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES (170000) > PSYCHOLOGY (170100)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Schools > School of Psychology & Counselling
Copyright Owner: Guilford Press
Copyright Statement: Copyright 2005 Guilford Press
Deposited On: 13 Oct 2011 04:33
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 14:36

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