This study explored the role of early maladaptive schemas and aggression in the relationship between borderline personality disorder (BPD) and cost-inflicting mate retention tactic use. A sample of 142 women were assessed for BPD features, reactive/proactive aggression, early maladaptive schemas and mate retention tactic use. It was hypothesized that early maladaptive schemas and aggression would predict BPD features and cost-inflicting mate retention tactic use. Maladaptive schemas and reactive aggression significantly predicted BPD features. However, proactive aggression emerged as a stronger predictor of cost-inflicting mate retention tactic use. Furthermore reactive aggression was the only significant predictor of cost-inflicting mate retention tactic use in women with clinically significant BPD features. Overall, this study suggests that reactive aggression plays a significant role in romantic dysfunction in those with BPD features.
|Commitee:||Pomerantz, Andrew, Segrist, Dan|
|School:||Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville|
|School Location:||United States -- Illinois|
|Source:||MAI 56/06M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Psychology, Clinical psychology|
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