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Am J Psychiatry. 1992 Dec;149(12):1723-6.

Physical and sexual abuse histories among children with borderline personality disorder.

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  • 1Children's Hospital, Department of Psychiatry, Boston, MA 02115.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

The purpose of the study was to determine whether a history of physical or sexual abuse is more common in children with borderline personality disorder than in other children evaluated in the same outpatient psychiatric clinic.

METHOD:

The authors contrasted rates of abuse in 44 children diagnosed with borderline personality disorder and in 100 comparison children.

RESULTS:

The borderline personality disorder group had a significantly greater prevalence of physical and combined physical/sexual abuse. Sexual abuse rates alone did not differ significantly between groups.

CONCLUSIONS:

The finding of greater abuse in the group with borderline personality disorder supports the hypothesis that a history of trauma is associated with the disorder.

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1443251
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