Schemas and borderline personality disorder symptoms in incarcerated women

Matt W. Specht, Alex Chapman, Tony Cellucci

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There is increasing interest regarding the role of maladaptive cognition in Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD). The current study examined the relationship between early maladaptive schema (EMS) domains and BPD symptoms as well as whether schema domains account for the relationship between childhood maltreatment and BPD severity. Incarcerated women (N = 105) were assessed for BPD symptoms via semi-structured diagnostic interview. Disconnection/Rejection and Impaired Limits were associated with BPD pathology although these domains shared variance with depression and antisocial personality disorder pathology, respectively. In addition, the relationship between childhood abuse and BPD severity was non-significant after controlling for schema domains. Related findings and the implications for cognitive treatment of BPD are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)256-264
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 1 2009


  • Abuse
  • Antisocial
  • Borderline
  • Childhood trauma
  • Depression
  • Disconnection
  • Early maladaptive schemas
  • Impaired limits
  • Incarcerated women
  • Personality disorder
  • Rejection
  • Schema domains

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
  • Arts and Humanities (miscellaneous)
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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