Display Settings:


Send to:

Choose Destination
See comment in PubMed Commons below
Transcult Psychiatry. 2013 Feb;50(1):140-51. doi: 10.1177/1363461512468105. Epub 2012 Dec 5.

Can sociocultural and historical mechanisms influence the development of borderline personality disorder?

Author information

  • 1McGill University, Canada. joel.paris@mcgill.ca


Borderline personality disorder (BPD) is a common and severe clinical problem. While cross-cultural research suggests that this condition can be identified in different societies, indirect evidence suggests that BPD and some of its associated symptoms (suicidality and self-harm) have a higher prevalence in developed countries. If so, sociocultural and historical mechanisms may have influenced the development of the disorder. While the vulnerabilities underlying BPD are broad and nonspecific, specific symptoms can be shaped by culture. The mechanisms involve the influence of a "symptom bank," as well as the role of social contagion. These trends may be related to a decrease in social cohesion and social capital in modern societies.

[PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
PubMed Commons home

PubMed Commons

How to join PubMed Commons

    Supplemental Content

    Full text links

    Icon for HighWire
    Loading ...
    Write to the Help Desk