Relationship Quality and Stability in Couples When One Partner Suffers From Borderline Personality Disorder
Référence bibliographique 
Bouchard, Sébastien, Sabourin, Stéphane, Lussier, Yvan et Villeneuve, Evens. 2009. «Relationship Quality and Stability in Couples When One Partner Suffers From Borderline Personality Disorder». Dans Les couples dont la femme souffre d’un trouble sévère de la personnalité : fonctionnement conjugal et attitudes à l’égard de la sexualité , sous la dir. de Sébastien Bouchard, p. 36-60. Québec: Université Laval, Département de psychologie.
Intentions : « The main goal of the present study was to examine and compare the psychosocial functioning of 35 couples including a woman diagnosed with borderline personality disorder (BPD) to that of a nonclinical control sample of 35 couples. » (p. 40)
Questions/Hypothèses: « Five main hypotheses were tested. Compared to partners of couples from the control group, both partners of couples in which women were diagnosed with BPD will evidence: (1) more insecure attachment styles, (2) higher rates of physical and psychological violence, (3) less mutual communication and more demand-withdraw patterns, (4) and lower levels of relationship satisfaction. » (p. 43)
Échantillon/Matériau : L’étude se base sur un échantillon de 35 couples dont la femme présente un trouble de la personnalité limite (TPL) et sur un groupe contrôle de 35 couples.
Instruments: - Structured Clinical Interview for DSM-IV, axis II (SCID-II; First, Spitzer, Gibbon, Williams & Benjamin, 1997) - Experiences in Close Relationships Questionnaire (ECR; Brennan, Clark & Shaver, 1998) - Conflict Tactic Scale (CTS-2; Straus, Hamby, Boney-McCoy & Sugarman, 1996) - Communication Pattern Questionnaire (CPQ; Christensen, 1987) - Psychiatric Symptom Inventory (PSI-14; Ilfeld, 1978) - Dyadic Adjustment Scale (DAS-8; Spanier, 1976)
Type de traitement des données : Analyse de contenu Analyse statistique
« The main goal of the present study was to examine and compare the psychosocial functioning of 35 couples including a woman diagnosed with borderline personality disorder (BPD) to that of a nonclinical control sample of 35 couples. The BPD status of women from the clinical group and the prevalence of personality disorder in their partner were ascertained through the SCID-II. Participants completed self-report measures of couple functioning. A majority of couples in which the woman suffered from BPD (68.7%) evidenced frequent episodes of break ups and reconciliations and, over an 18-month period, nearly 30% of these couples dissolved their relationship. Close to half of the men involved in a romantic relationship with a woman suffering from BPD met criteria for one personality disorder or more. As compared to nonclinical couples, clinical couples showed lower marital satisfaction, higher attachment insecurity, more demand / withdraw communication problems, and higher levels of violence. » (p. 40)