Self-mutilation, severity of borderline psychopathology, and the Rorschach

Matthew R. Baity, Mark A. Blais, Mark J. Hilsenroth, James Chris Fowler, Justin R. Padawer

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The authors explore borderline pathology on a continuum of functioning. Rorschach variables relating to (1) aggression, (2) dependency, (3) object relations, (4) defenses, and (5) boundary disturbance were measured across a nonclinical (NC) and two clinical (borderline patients without self-mutilative behavior = N-BPD, and borderline patients with self-mutilative behaviors = SM-BPD) groups. Results demonstrated good discriminate ability (87%) between clinical and nonclinical protocols. Comparisons between N-BPD and SM-BPD groups revealed overall greater pathological scores for the SM-BPD group, specifically in dependency scores. Convergence with other studies and implications for future clinical and empirical work are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)203-225
Number of pages23
JournalBulletin of the Menninger Clinic
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jun 1 2009

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Phychiatric Mental Health
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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