Primary Care Companion J Clin Psychiatry 2000;2(6):230-232
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Objective: The authors hypothesized that the development of
borderline disorder is associated with traumatic events that
occur early in patients’ lives and loss events experienced by the
mothers of patients around the time of the patients’ birth.
Method: Sixty-six patients with DSM-III-R borderline personality
disorder and 146 controls with psychiatric illnesses other
than borderline personality disorder or dissociative disorder were
compared in a case-control study. A multivariate logistic regression
model was produced to remove the confounding effect of
patient age, family size, and inpatient versus outpatient status as
well as the possible effects of the 2 variables of interest (patients’
traumatic experiences and losses experienced by the mother) on