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

Andrea Fossati, Judith Feeney, Cesare Maffei, Serena Borroni

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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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)41-67
Number of pages27
JournalPsychoanalytic Psychology
Volume31
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2014

Keywords

  • Adolescents
  • Attachment
  • Borderline personality disorder
  • Mentalization

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Psychology

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