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Borderline personality traits and ego-resiliency and self-evaluated defense styles in university students

  • 江上, 奈美子
  • Egami, Namiko
Publication Date
Mar 01, 2014
Kyushu University Institutional Repository (QIR)
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This study examined the relation between borderline personality traits and ego-resiliency and self-evaluated defense styles in a sample of 278 university students. Participants completed a questionnaire assessing borderline personality traits, ego-resiliency, defense styles. On the basis of their scores for borderline personality traits, they were divided into three groups: high, middle, and low. The results showed that the high group scored significantly higher on the CAQ-Ego- Resiliency Scale than the middle or low group did. Further, the high group had significantly lower scores on the "control of self" factor of the Defense Style Questionnaire-42 but significantly higher scores on "failure to control self" factor of this scale than the other two groups. Borderline personality traits were significantly correlated with devaluation, which is a feature of 'image distorting', marker for borderline personality disorder. Further research is needed to confirm the validity of factors of the Defense Styles Questionnaire-42 and to explore how the present results regarding ego-resiliency and defense styles can be utilized in psychotherapy for university students with a high level of borderline personality traits.

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