The mediating role of emotion dysregulation in the relations between childhood trauma history and adult attachment and borderline personality disorder features: A study of Italian nonclinical participants

Andrea Fossati, Kim L. Gratz, Antonella Somma, Cesare Maffei, Serena Borroni

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Abstract

In order to evaluate if emotion dysregulation significantly mediates the relationships between childhood abuse and adult attachment and borderline personality disorder features, 354 community Italian adults were administered the Borderline Personality Inventory (Leichsenring, 1999a), the Difficulties in Emotion Regulation Scale (Gratz & Roemer, 2004), the Child Abuse and Trauma Scale (Sanders & Becker-Lausen, 1995), and the Attachment Style Questionnaire (Feeney, Noller, & Hanrahan, 1994). Hierarchical regression analyses showed that both childhood abuse and adult attachment were positively associated with emotion dysregulation and borderline personality features; however, only emotional abuse and the attachment dimension of need for approval were common predictors of both dependent variables. No significant interaction effects were detected in regression analyses. Mediation analyses provided support for partial mediation, revealing a significant mediating role of emotion dysregulation in the relationships between both emotional abuse and need for approval and borderline personality features in this community sample.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)653-676
Number of pages24
JournalJournal of Personality Disorders
Volume30
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Oct 1 2016

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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