Magazine article Clinical Psychiatry News

Maternal BPD Predicts Poor Social Functioning in Offspring

Magazine article Clinical Psychiatry News

Maternal BPD Predicts Poor Social Functioning in Offspring

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CHICAGO -- A large study indicates that mothers with symptoms of borderline personality disorder may be more likely to have adolescent offspring with problems forming relationships, Nathaniel H. Herr and his colleagues reported in a poster presentation at the annual meeting of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies.

The researchers used a community-based sample of 704 mothers and their adolescent and young adult children to determine whether a relationship exists between mothers with borderline personality disorder (BPD) and depressive symptoms, interpersonal functioning, and attachment cognitions in their offspring. The researchers also sought to determine whether a possible association between maternal BPD and the above findings in the adolescent children is independent of depression in mothers and their children, said Mr. Herr, a graduate student at the University of California, Los Angeles.

The study sample of 704 mother-child pairs was culled from the larger sample of 7,775 children used in the Mater-University of Queensland (Australia) Study of Pregnancy. The participants were 92% white, mostly working- or middle-class Australians. The adolescents evaluated in the study included 342 boys (49%) and 363 girls (51%). …

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