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Research Article

Relationship between Two Dimensions of Object Relations and Group Psychotherapy Attendance Rate in Borderline Personality Disorder Individuals

Jean Gagnon1,2,3*, Jean-Sébastien Leblanc4,5 and Julie St-Amand4

1Department of Psychology, University of Montreal, Canada

2Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Rehabilitation of Greater Montreal (CRIR), Canada

3Centre de recherche en neuropsychologie et cognition (CERNEC), Canada

4 Douglas Mental Health University Institute, Canada

5Department of Psychology, University of Sherbrooke, Canada

Corresponding Author:
Jean Gagnon
Department of psychology
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Received date: January 17, 2015; Accepted date: March 25, 2015; Published date: April 02, 2015

Citation: Jean G, Jean-Sébastien L, Julie S (2015) Relationship between Two Dimensions of Object Relations and Group Psychotherapy Attendance Rate in Borderline Personality Disorder Individuals . J Psychol Psychother 5:171. doi:10.4172/2161-0487.1000171

Copyright: ©2015 Gagnon J et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.


Aim: Recent studies showed that the quality of object relations in patients with personality disorders predict individual psychotherapy attendance rate. However, associations between these variables have led to inconsistent results for group psychotherapy. The aim of the present study was to verify whether two dimensions of object relations are associated with rates of attendance at group psychotherapy sessions. Methods: Thematic Apperception Test narratives of forty-one outpatients with borderline personality disorder (BPD) enrolled in a psychodynamic group therapy over a period of one year were rated on two variables of the Social Cognition and Object Relations Scale (SCORS): affective quality of representations and emotional investment in relationship. Results: Results indicated that these two affective dimensions of object relations were positively correlated with rate of attendance at group psychotherapy sessions after controlling for age of the participant. Conclusion: These results suggest that the quality of object relations could be a potential predictor for group therapy attendance. The results are discussed by taking into account the particular aspects of relational issues in group psychotherapy as opposed to individual psychotherapy.


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