Maternal Borderline Personality Characteristics and Family Functioning

Open Access
Barends, Naomi Ruth
Graduate Program:
Doctor of Philosophy
Document Type:
Date of Defense:
August 03, 2001
Committee Members:
  • Keith Crnic, Committee Chair
  • Craig Edelbrock, Committee Member
  • Aaron Lee Pincus, Committee Member
  • Pamela Marie Cole, Committee Member
  • parenting
  • mother-child relationship
  • family
  • self-efficacy
  • Borderline personality
This study was designed to assess the relations among maternal borderline personality traits, perceived parenting self-efficacy, parenting quality, and the development of 2- and 3-year-old children. 75 mother and child dyads were observed in the laboratory and provided assessments of maternal personality traits, parenting self-efficacy, and child behavior problems. Mothers with higher borderline personality features were more flat and less positive with their children, felt less effective as parents, and had children with poorer adjustment. Mothers who felt less effective as parents tended to parent in less growth-promoting ways, and had children with more problematic behavior. Advisor: Keith Crnic, Ph.D.