Associations between symptoms of borderline personality disorder, externalizing disorders, and suicide-related behaviors

Lisa M. James, Jeanette Taylor

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Abstract

Borderline personality disorder and externalizing disorders are associated with suicide-related behaviors. The present study examined whether symptoms of borderline personality disorder mediate the relationship between externalizing disorders and suicide-related behaviors. Diagnostic interviews were administered to 344 participants (n=233 women). Results indicated that symptoms of antisocial personality disorder, alcohol use disorders, and drug use disorders each were significantly associated with suicide threats and self-injurious behavior in women and symptoms of antisocial personality disorder were associated with suicide attempts in women. With the exception of the association between symptoms of alcohol dependence and self-injurious behaviors, borderline personality disorder symptoms mediated or partially mediated all associations between externalizing disorders and suicide-related behaviors in women. These results highlight the importance of assessment and treatment of borderline personality disorder symptoms in individuals with externalizing disorders, particularly in the presence of suicide-related behaviors.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-9
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Psychopathology and Behavioral Assessment
Volume30
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 1 2008

Keywords

  • Borderline personality disorder
  • Externalizing disorders
  • Mediation
  • Suicide-related behavior

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