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J Pers Disord. 1998 Spring;12(1):13-22.

The persistence of borderline personality disorder in adolescence.

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  • 1Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Leiden University, Netherlands. m.meijer@inter.nl.net


The stability of borderline personality disorder in adolescents is quite uncertain. To determine the persistence of the borderline personality disorder (BPD) and of separate borderline symptoms in adolescents, a follow-up study was conducted of hospitalized adolescents with (n = 14) and without (n = 22) BPD, according to the diagnostic interview for borderline patients (DIB). Of the 14 borderline adolescents, only two cases were again classified as BPD after 3 years, but some of the separate borderline symptoms were still present. In the nonborderline group, no new borderline cases were found after 3 years.

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