Staff attitudes towards individuals with a diagnosis of Borderline Personality Disorder

Darby, Harriet (2019) Staff attitudes towards individuals with a diagnosis of Borderline Personality Disorder. Doctoral thesis, University of East Anglia.

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Evidence exists to suggest that stigmatised attitudes towards individuals with Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) are present amongst clinical staff who work with such individuals. A number of studies seek to investigate clinical staff attitudes towards BPD, with some studies considering how stigmatised attitudes can be altered. This thesis portfolio is comprised of two main components. The first is a systematic review which seeks to review and quality assess the quantitative measurement approaches utilised in studies which measure attitudes towards BPD amongst clinical staff. The data extracted is analysed via a narrative synthesis. The systematic review demonstrates that a large number of measures exist for measuring clinical staff attitudes towards BPD. However, many of these are poor in quality due to the lack of appropriate development and validation methods utilised.

The second component of the current thesis portfolio is an empirical study investigating whether clinical staff attitudes towards BPD can be altered by a psychological formulation, and whether the presence of a psychological formulation will impact the way in which clinical staff make causal attributions about the behaviour of an individual with BPD. The empirical study makes use of a between-subjects, vignette-based design, with formulation as the independent variable. The results suggest that the psychological formulation does not alter the attitudes of clinical staff towards the individual with BPD in the vignette. However, the presence of a formulation did result in participants viewing the cause of the behaviour of the individual in the vignette as more stable across similar situations. Possible reasons for these results are presented within the discussion section. An extended discussion and critical review chapter is included at the end of the thesis portfolio. This section also reflects on the process of carrying out this thesis and makes recommendations for future research.

Item Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences > Norwich Medical School
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Date Deposited: 18 Oct 2019 10:53
Last Modified: 18 Oct 2019 11:03

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