Probing commitment in individuals with borderline personality disorder

Michael, John, Chennells, Matthew, Nolte, Tobias, Ooi, Jinnie ORCID:, Griem, Julia, Christensen, Wayne, Feigenbaum, Janet, King-Casas, Brooks, Fonagy, Peter and Montague, P. Read and London Personality and Mood Disorder Research Network (2021) Probing commitment in individuals with borderline personality disorder. Journal of Psychiatric Research, 137. pp. 335-341. ISSN 0022-3956

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Interpersonal problems are a core symptom of borderline personality disorder (BPD). In particular, patients with BPD exhibit a heightened sensitivity to cues of acceptance or rejection in their relationships. The current study investigated the psychological processes underpinning this heightened responsiveness. In a between-subjects design, we implemented a reactivity induction designed to trigger either acceptance or rejection of a partner in two separate groups, and measured the effects which this manipulation had upon 49 patients with BPD, as well as 52 control participants. The experimental paradigm required participants to repeatedly choose whether to coordinate with their partner on a decision-making task. When both players coordinate on the same option, both are rewarded. The experiment probed participants’ commitment to their partners: participants were sometimes presented with tempting opportunities to unilaterally defect from the coordination. The results show that participants in the BPD group were less committed than participants in the control group when exposed to the rejection manipulation.

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Additional Information: Funding Information: This research was supported by a Starting Grant (679092. Sense of Commitment) awarded by the European Research Council to John Michael.
Uncontrolled Keywords: borderline personality disorder,commitment,emotion regulation,interpersonal problems,psychiatry and mental health,biological psychiatry ,/dk/atira/pure/subjectarea/asjc/2700/2738
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences > Norwich Medical School
UEA Research Groups: Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences > Research Centres > Lifespan Health
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Depositing User: LivePure Connector
Date Deposited: 17 Oct 2022 11:30
Last Modified: 19 Oct 2023 03:27
DOI: 10.1016/j.jpsychires.2021.02.062


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