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September 1981

Recollections of Family Experience in Borderline Patients

Author Affiliations

From McGill University Health Service (Drs Frank and Paris) and the Department of Psychiatry (Dr Paris), McGill University, Montreal.

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 1981;38(9):1031-1034. doi:10.1001/archpsyc.1981.01780340083010

• To test psychodynamic hypotheses about the etiology of the borderline syndrome, female borderline patients were asked whether they remembered their mothers and fathers as having responded with approval, disinterest, or criticism to dependent and independent behaviors. Comparisons were made with a group of normal controls and with a group of neurotics and patients with personality disorders. The main finding was that borderline patients remembered their fathers as neglectful. The recollections did not support an overprotection hypothesis.

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