Borderline personality characteristics and treatment outcome in cognitive-behavioral treatments for PTSD in female rape victims.

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Journal Article

Many studies report that comorbid borderline personality pathology is associated with poorer outcomes in the treatment of Axis I disorders. Given the high rates of comorbidity between borderline personality pathology and posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), it is essential to determine whether borderline symptomatology affects PTSD treatment outcome. This study examined the effects of borderline personality characteristics (BPC) on 131 female rape victims receiving cognitive-behavioral treatment for PTSD. Higher BPC scores were associated with greater pretreatment PTSD severity; however, individuals with higher levels of BPC were just as likely to complete treatment and also as likely to show significant treatment response on several outcome measures. There were no significant interactions between type of treatment and BPC on the outcome variables. Findings suggest that women with borderline pathology may be able to benefit significantly from cognitive-behavioral treatment for PTSD.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Clarke, SB; Rizvi, SL; Resick, PA

Published Date

  • March 2008

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 39 / 1

Start / End Page

  • 72 - 78

PubMed ID

  • 18328872

Pubmed Central ID

  • 18328872

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1878-1888

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0005-7894

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/j.beth.2007.05.002

Language

  • eng