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NCJ Number: 236014 Find in a Library
Title: Examining the Relationship between Childhood Sexual Abuse and Borderline Personality Disorder: Does Social Support Matter?
Journal: Journal of Child Sexual Abuse  Volume:20  Issue:3  Dated:May - June 2011  Pages:284-304
Author(s): Meredith B. Elzy
Date Published: June 2011
Page Count: 21
Document: PDF
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study examined the relationship between childhood sexual abuse and borderline personality disorder.
Abstract: The relationship between childhood sexual abuse and borderline personality disorder is a prominent issue in the etiological research on borderline personality disorder. This study further explored the relationship between childhood sexual abuse and the development of borderline personality features while evaluating the moderating role of a primary social support source in a sample of 290 female undergraduate students enrolled at a major southeastern university. Consistent with previous research, retrospective self-reports of childhood sexual abuse and low social support were both positively correlated with current borderline personality features. It was hypothesized that the presence of a supportive relationship at the time the childhood sexual abuse occurred would moderate the relationship between childhood sexual abuse and borderline personality features. This moderation hypothesis was not supported in the current study, but post-hoc analyses reveal the need to further examine how we define social support following childhood sexual abuse. This research is a stepping stone toward the prevention of borderline personality disorder following childhood sexual abuse. (Published Abstract)
Main Term(s): Child Sexual Abuse
Index Term(s): Adult survivors of child sexual abuse; Emotional disorders; Family support; Female victims; Informal support groups; Personality assessment
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