Using hermeneutic methodology, this thesis reviews scientific research that relates impairments in brain function to the psychopathology in borderline personality disorder and childhood disorders. The thesis emphasizes the potential for impeding the development of borderline personality disorder by recognizing and treating precursors that emerge in childhood. Environmental stressors can exacerbate genetic predispositions, alter brain chemistry, and affect biological aspects of personality development. The thesis discusses the implication of this research for a trajectory that includes childhood disorders in the development of borderline personality disorder. Findings from neuroscience are woven into insights from object relations and Jungian theory regarding the etiology of borderline personality disorder, its relationship to childhood disorders, and its archetypal dimensions. A biopsychosocial approach based on biological findings and depth psychological theory is proposed as potentially more symptom specific and multilayered for treating the complexity of the disorder. Clinical applications for both child and adult therapy are addressed.
|School:||Pacifica Graduate Institute|
|School Location:||United States -- California|
|Source:||MAI 55/04M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Psychobiology, Developmental psychology, Personality psychology|
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