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The relationship between personality functioning, experiential avoidance, and mental health in a population with personality disorders

Stahl, S. (2017) The relationship between personality functioning, experiential avoidance, and mental health in a population with personality disorders.

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Abstract:Introduction: This study examined the relationship between personality functioning, experiential avoidance (EA), and mental health in participants with personality disorders, especially the mediating role of EA was studied. The relationship between these variables is important to get a better understanding of personality disorders. From a transdiagnostic view, EA may be an essential factor in personality disorders, because it showed to be a mediator between other mental disorders and mental health. Since most studies focused on borderline personality disorder (BPD), there is a gap in the research on the mediating role of EA in this relationship with respect to other personality disorders. Method: A cross-sectional survey based research design with 157 participants suffering from any personality disorder was used to gather the data. All three variables were measured by using questionnaires. Results: The results showed that personality functioning and EA had a significant negative association and EA and mental health showed a significant positive correlation. Furthermore, a full mediation of EA in the relationship between personality functioning and mental health in respondents with BPD was found. In participants with other personality disorders a partial mediation was found. Discussion: Thus, EA plays an important role in the relationship between personality functioning and mental health in patients with personality disorders. However, further research is recommended, because of the small sample size of personality disorders other than BPD, there is a need to gain further insights into the role of EA in different personality disorders.
Item Type:Essay (Master)
Faculty:BMS: Behavioural, Management and Social Sciences
Subject:70 social sciences in general, 77 psychology
Programme:Psychology MSc (66604)
Link to this item:http://purl.utwente.nl/essays/74056
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