Negative attitudes toward borderline personality disorder (BPD) can present a barrier to those seeking care. We explored caring attitudes toward BPD among 860 mental health professionals, including psychiatrists, psychologists, social health educators, nurses, and social workers. The results showed that social workers and nurses scored significantly lower on caring attitudes than psychiatrists, social health educators, and psychologists. Our analysis showed that the more BPD patients treated in the past year, more years of experience in mental health, and having prior BPD training were positively associated with caring attitudes scores. For all professional subgroups, except for social health educators, the caring attitudes score is higher in those who have had prior BPD training, and for professionals with low and medium level of experience in mental health. This result shows that training on BPD should target less experienced clinicians and those professional groups who had less opportunity to receive such education.
- *borderline personality disorder
- *caring attitudes
- *mental health services
- *social health educators
- *social workers
Lanfredi, M., Ridolfi, M. E., Occhialini, G., Pedrini, L., Ferrari, C., Lasalvia, A., Gunderson, J. G., Black, D. W., Rossi, R., & Group, T. I. BPD. A. S. (2019). Attitudes of Mental Health Staff Toward Patients With Borderline Personality Disorder: An Italian Cross-Sectional Multisite Study. Journal of Personality Disorders, 20, 1-16. https://doi.org/10.1521/pedi_2019_33_421