Author(s): Trull TJ, Useda JD, Conforti K, Doan BT
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Abstract Borderline personality disorder (BPD) is thought to develop by early adulthood, and it is characterized by lack of control of anger, intense and frequent mood changes, impulsive acts, disturbed interpersonal relationships, and life-threatening behaviors. We describe data from a 2-year follow-up study of nonclinical young adults who, at study entry, exhibited a significant number of BPD features. Individuals with borderline features were more likely to have academic difficulties over the succeeding 2 years, and these participants were more likely to meet lifetime criteria for a mood disorder and to experience interpersonal dysfunction than their peers at the 2-year follow-up assessment. These findings indicate that BPD features are associated with poorer outcome even within a nonclinical population.
This article was published in J Abnorm Psychol
and referenced in Journal of Psychology & Psychotherapy