Borderline Personality Symptomatology as a Mediator of the Link Between Child Maltreatment and Adult Suicide Potential

Brian Allen, Robert J. Cramer, Paige B. Harris, Katrina A. Rufino

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The present study tests borderline personality symptoms as meditational pathways between child maltreatment and suicide potential among college students. A sample of 268 participants completed a questionnaire battery including demographic data, the Comprehensive Child Maltreatment Scale, Inventory of Altered Self-Capacities, and Personality Assessment Inventory. Results: Three multiple mediation models (1 for each type of child maltreatment) were conducted. Results demonstrated that the same set of borderline personality characteristics mediated the relations between each type of child maltreatment (i.e., physical abuse, emotional abuse, and neglect) and suicide potential. The mediating borderline symptoms were affective dysregulation, identity problems, and paranoia. The meditation model is discussed with regard to attachment, trauma, and suicide theories, as well as suicide risk assessment.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)41-51
Number of pages11
JournalArchives of Suicide Research
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 2013


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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