ERIC Number: EJ928141
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Abstractor: As Provided
Examining the Relationship between Childhood Sexual Abuse and Borderline Personality Disorder: Does Social Support Matter?
Elzy, Meredith B.
Journal of Child Sexual Abuse, v20 n3 p284-304 2011
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. (Contains 2 tables.)
Descriptors: Undergraduate Students, Personality Problems, Sexual Abuse, Females, Personality Traits, Correlation, Child Abuse, Social Support Groups, Etiology, Questionnaires, Check Lists, Interpersonal Relationship
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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