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Behav Res Ther. 2005 Sep;43(9):1173-85.

Thought suppression mediates the relationship between negative affect and borderline personality disorder symptoms.

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Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Duke University Medical Center, 2213 Elba Street, Box 3026, Durham, NC 27710, USA.


The purpose of this study was to examine the relationships among negative affect, childhood sexual abuse (CSA), thought suppression, and diagnostic symptoms of borderline personality disorder (BPD) in a community sample (n=127). Findings suggest that the temperamental variable negative affect intensity/reactivity was a stronger predictor of BPD symptoms than CSA. In addition, results indicated that higher thought suppression mediated the relationship between negative affective intensity/reactivity and BPD symptoms, after controlling for a history of CSA. Overall, findings suggest that (a) negative affectivity may be a better predictor of BPD symptoms than CSA, and (b) chronic efforts to suppress unpleasant thoughts may be a regulation strategy underlying the relationship between intense negative emotions and BPD symptoms.

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