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Group and Family Treatments for Borderline Personality Disorder
John F. Clarkin; Elsa Marziali; Heather Munroe-Blum
Psychiatric Services 1991; doi:
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Cornell University Medical College and the New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center, Westchester Division, 21 Bloomingdale Road, White Plains, New York 10605

1991 by the American Psychiatric Association

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The authors review cinical and empirical studies on the effectiveness of group treatments and family-marital treatments for borderline patients. These studies support the use of the group format in treating borderline patients, but no empirical study has examined whetber group treatment combined or sequenced with individual treatment, or individual treatment alone, is better than group treatment alone. Empirical studies of family interventions with borderline patients are lacking, but further research is warranted, since many studies have shown that family pathology, especially physical and sexual abuse, is related to the development of borderline pathology.

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