Thinking about feelings: Affective State Mentalization, Attachment Styles, and Borderline Personality Disorder Features Among Italian Nonclinical Adolescents

Fossati, Andrea, Feeney, Judith, Maffei, Cesare and Borroni, Serena (2014) Thinking about feelings: Affective State Mentalization, Attachment Styles, and Borderline Personality Disorder Features Among Italian Nonclinical Adolescents. Psychoanalytic Psychology, 31 1: 41-67. doi:10.1037/a0033960


Author Fossati, Andrea
Feeney, Judith
Maffei, Cesare
Borroni, Serena
Title Thinking about feelings: Affective State Mentalization, Attachment Styles, and Borderline Personality Disorder Features Among Italian Nonclinical Adolescents
Journal name Psychoanalytic Psychology   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0736-9735
1939-1331
Publication date 2014-01-01
Year available 2014
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1037/a0033960
Volume 31
Issue 1
Start page 41
End page 67
Total pages 27
Place of publication Washington, DC United States
Publisher American Psychological Association
Language eng
Formatted abstract
In order to Test Fonagy's (Fonagy & Bateman, 2008) hypotheses on the relationships among borderline personality disorder (BPD), mentalization, and attachment, nonclinical adolescents were assigned to a high-BPD group (n = 29), an average- BPD group (n = 31) and a low-BPD group (n = 29). Participants in the three groups were administered the Reading the Mind in the Eyes Test (RET), the Lack of Emotional Clarity Scale from the Difficulties in Emotion Regulation Scale, and the Attachment Style Questionnaire (ASQ). High-BPD adolescents scored significantly lower than low-BPD adolescents on the RET (d= -0.66), and significantly higher than both other groups on the DERS LEC. When the effect of the ASQ scales was controlled for, the high-BPD group did not show any significant difference from the other groups on mentalization measures. These findings were consistent with Fonagy's (Fonagy & Bateman, 2008) model of BPD.
Keyword Adolescents
Attachment
Borderline personality disorder
Mentalization
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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