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An Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis on the Experience of Parenting and Being Parented for Mothers Diagnosed With Borderline Personality Disorder.

Rogers, Bertha. (2013) An Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis on the Experience of Parenting and Being Parented for Mothers Diagnosed With Borderline Personality Disorder. Doctoral thesis, University of Surrey (United Kingdom)..

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Abstract

Background: Individuals diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) have not typically had the experience of forming a secure attachment to their caregiver/s. There is a growing body of observational research with mothers diagnosed with BPD, which suggests that mothers with this diagnosis have not developed the skills needed to be a mother. However, there is no published research on the experience of being a mother with this diagnosis and how it may relate to their early experiences of being parented. Aims: The present study aimed to explore: (1) The perceptions and experiences of early attachment relationships and current mother-child attachment relationships with mothers with features of BPD; (2) How participants think their relationships with their parents impact on the way they parent their children; (3) What they think are the unique challenges mothers face in relation to the features of BPD; (4) The strategies/resources mothers diagnosed with BPD bring to the tasks of parenting. Method Nine mothers diagnosed with BPD were interviewed. Six interviews were fully transcribed and analysed. The interview schedule included: Their early relationships with caregivers, how they parent their own children, and what has helped them in this role as a mother. The interviews were transcribed verbatim and analysed using Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis. Results: Three master themes were derived from the analysis: (1) Early adversity with limited support, (2) Difficulties as a parent with varied support and understanding, and (3) Across the lifespan: patterns in childhood recur in motherhood. Discussion: The themes highlighted how maladaptive ways of coping with overwhelming emotions and limited experiences of developing trusting relationships in childhood, made mothering a challenging task. A key aspect of working with this group is the development of a trusting relationship with professionals, to provide mothers with the support they would like in their parenting role. 

Item Type: Thesis (Doctoral)
Divisions : Theses
Authors : Rogers, Bertha.
Date : 2013
Additional Information : Thesis (Psych.D.)--University of Surrey (United Kingdom), 2013.
Depositing User : EPrints Services
Date Deposited : 14 May 2020 14:56
Last Modified : 14 May 2020 14:59
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/856691

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