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Psychiatr Serv. 2009 Aug;60(8):1128-31. doi: 10.1176/appi.ps.60.8.1128.

Effectiveness of education programs in changing clinicians' attitudes toward treating borderline personality disorder.

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School of Psychiatry, Psychology, and Psychological Medicine, Monash University, c/o Ballan District Health and Care, 33 Cowie St., Ballan, Victoria 3342, Australia. mcandpt@bigpond.net.au

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

This exploratory study was conducted in Australia and New Zealand and examined the impact of two types of education programs (cognitive-behavioral and psychoanalytic) on clinicians' attitude toward deliberate self-harm behaviors in borderline personality disorder and toward working with patients with this disorder.

METHODS:

The Attitudes Towards Deliberate Self-Harm Questionnaire was used to assess the attitudes of mental health and emergency medicine clinicians (N=65) before and after attending an education program and at the six-month follow-up.

RESULTS:

Compared with participants in the control group (N=22), participants in the cognitive-behavioral program (N=18) showed significant improvement in attitudes immediately after attending the program (p=.02), as did participants in the psychoanalytic education program (N=25) (p<.01). However, the six-month follow-up revealed that only the psychoanalytic education group maintained significant changes in attitude (p<.05).

CONCLUSIONS:

Results are discussed in terms of the use of relatively brief educational interventions in facilitating enduring attitude change toward working with patients with borderline personality disorder.

PMID:
19648203
DOI:
10.1176/ps.2009.60.8.1128
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