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Hosp Community Psychiatry. 1991 Oct;42(10):1038-43.

Group and family treatments for borderline personality disorder.

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Cornell University Medical College, NY.


The authors review clinical and empirical studies on the effectiveness of group treatments and family-marital treatments for borderline patients. These studies support the use of the group format in treating borderline patients, but no empirical study has examined whether group treatment combined or sequenced with individual treatment, or individual treatment alone, is better than group treatment alone. Empirical studies of family interventions with borderline patients are lacking, but further research is warranted, since many studies have shown that family pathology, especially physical and sexual abuse, is related to the development of borderline pathology.

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