Child Psychiatry and Human Development

, Volume 18, Issue 4, pp 219–238 | Cite as

A borderline style of functioning—The role of family, society and heredity: An overiew

  • Boris M. Segal


Various aspects of borderline personality disorders are reviewed from the historical, descriptive, analytic, sociocultural and biomedical viewpoints. The author discusses the existing approaches to the etiology of these disorders, particularly those proposed by Object-Relations theorists. The multidimensional concept of the “border line style of functioning” has been introduced. The changing structure of the family and society, new childrearing techniques, a possible hereditary predisposition and or ganic brain dysfunction are examined as well. It has been suggested that the ongoing familial and societal changes designated by the author as the “ham Style” are associated with an increase in the incidence of borderline psychopathology.


Social Psychology Personality Disorder Brain Dysfunction Borderline Personality Disorder Societal Change 
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