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Perceived Parenting and Borderline Personality Features during Adolescence

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This study investigates the associations between perceived parenting and borderline personality disorder (BPD) in adolescents. The relations between components of parenting and BPD features were explored. Participants (N = 270; mean age = 15.3) assessed their own BPD features (Personality Assessment Inventory) and both of their parents’ parenting practices (Parents as Social Context Questionnaire; Perceived Parental Autonomy Support Scale). SEM results suggest that controlling, rejecting and chaotic parenting all predicted global BPD, and all these parenting components were significantly associated with at least one BPD feature. Chaotic parenting, a relatively neglected construct in the BPD literature, seems to play an important role in early BPD.

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This research was funded by the Fonds de recherche du Québec—Société et Culture (FRQ-SC) research grant (# 196443). The research was also supported by scholarships from the Université de Montréal and the FRQ-SC to the first author during the completion of her Ph.D.

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Armour, JA., Joussemet, M., Mageau, G.A. et al. Perceived Parenting and Borderline Personality Features during Adolescence. Child Psychiatry Hum Dev (2022). https://doi.org/10.1007/s10578-021-01295-3

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Keywords

  • Adolescence
  • Borderline personality features
  • Detrimental parenting
  • Developmental psychopathology