Lovell, Lucy (2011) An exploration into the lived experience of having a diagnosis of Borderline Personality Disorder in a forensic setting. DClinPsy thesis, University of Sheffield.
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This thesis consists of a literature review, a research report and relevant appendices. The literature review aimed to review relevant papers in order to describe how a diagnosis of Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) affects close relationships. Nineteen papers met the inclusion criteria and were reviewed. The findings of the review suggest that a diagnosis of BPD affects relationships in general, relationships within families, mother-child relationships and intimate partner relationships. However, the research examining the difficulties within relationships is limited and the existing research has methodological limitations. To be able to describe how a diagnosis of BPD affects close relationships, further research with robust designs needs to be conducted. The aim of the research was to explore the lived experience of having a diagnosis of BPD in a forensic setting. Eight semi-structured interviews were conducted with women with a diagnosis of BPD in private secure units. The interview data were analysed using interpretative phenomenological analysis and four main themes emerged: identity, power, protection and containment, and confusion. The findings of this study are discussed in relation to previous findings of qualitative studies with people with a diagnosis of BPD in community and inpatient psychiatric settings. There are limitations to this study; however, good quality control and the similarities with previous findings indicate that this study makes a valuable contribution to the understanding of BPD in a forensic setting.
|Item Type:||Thesis (DClinPsy)|
|Keywords:||Borderline Personality Disorder, Forensic, Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis|
|Department:||The University of Sheffield > Faculty of Science (Sheffield) > Psychology (Sheffield)|
|Deposited By:||Mrs Lucy Lovell|
|Deposited On:||18 Oct 2011 15:00|
|Last Modified:||18 Oct 2011 15:00|
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