Borderline personality disorder and self-conscious emotions in response to adult unwanted sexual experiences

Michelle Schoenleber, Kim L. Gratz, Terri Messman-Moore, David Dilillo

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Abstract

Borderline personality disorder (BPD) is associated with a proneness to unpleasant self-conscious emotions (SCE). Given that BPD is also associated with heightened rates of SCE-eliciting events (including unwanted sexual experiences), research examining the factors influencing SCE in response to these events is needed. This study examined associations between BPD pathology and SCE in response to adult unwanted sexual experiences among 303 community women. Extent of sharing about and perceived personal responsibility for the event were examined as moderators of the association between BPD and current event-related SCE. Both self-reported BPD symptom severity in the full sample and interview-based measures of BPD symptom count and diagnosis in a subsample (n = 75) were associated with greater SCE at the event and currently. Moreover, in the subsample, both BPD symptom count and diagnosis were associated with heightened current SCE only when (a) extent of sharing was low or (b) perceived personal responsibility was high.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)810-823
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Personality Disorders
Volume28
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - 2014

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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