Childhood Abuse and Bpd Essay

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Running Head: CHILDHOOD ABUSE AND BORDERLINE PERSONALITY DISORDER Childhood Abuse and Borderline Personality Disorder Grand Canyon University Experimental Psychology - PSY 452 Childhood Abuse and Borderline Personality Disorder There have been numerous studies conducted to establish the relationship between childhood sexual and physical abuse with borderline personality disorder (BPD). “Experiences in early childhood are viewed as important in contributing to borderline pathology” (Ogata, Silk, Goodrich, Lohr, Westen, & Hill, 1990, p. 1008). Despite the different definitions prior research studies have used describing sexual and physical abuse, all studies are consistent in finding a high frequency of reported childhood sexual abuse in patients with borderline personality disorder (Silk, Lee, Hill & Lohr, 1995, p. 1059). Furthermore, “the majority of sexual abuse reported by patients with borderline personality disorder [is] not a single, nonpenetrating event with a stranger” (Silk et al., 1995, p. 1059). It is estimated that 57% of individuals seeking inpatient treatment and 33% of individuals in non-clinical populations are the victims of some form of childhood sexual abuse or physical abuse (Ogata et al., 1990, p. 1008). The goal of this present research is to explore the frequency and severity of childhood sexual abuse in patients diagnosed with borderline personality disorder. Based upon the review of literature, I hypothesize that a large percentage of individuals with borderline personality disorder was severely sexually abused as a child. The following experiment is an attempt to understand the relationship between the nature and severity of sexual abuse and borderline personality disorder symptoms (Silk et al., 1995). Method Participants Potential subjects were individuals who met at least two DSM-III-R criteria for borderline personality
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