Problem-Solving Deficits in Iranian People with Borderline Personality Disorder

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Ashraf Akbari Dehaghi 1 , * , Hossein Kaviani 2 , Shima Tamanaeefar 3

1 Clinical Psychology, Department of Clinical Psychology, Tehran Psychiatric Institute, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran

2 Clinical Psychologist, Senior Lecturer in Clinical Psychology, Department of Psychology, University of Bedfordshire, Bedfordshire, United Kingdom

3 Department of Clinical Psychology, Tehran Psychiatric Institute, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran

How to Cite: Akbari Dehaghi A, Kaviani H, Tamanaeefar S. Problem-Solving Deficits in Iranian People with Borderline Personality Disorder, Iran J Psychiatry Behav Sci. 2014 ; 8(4):12-8.

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Iranian Journal of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences: 8 (4); 12-8
Published Online: December 30, 2014
Article Type: Original Article
Received: October 20, 2013
Revised: December 12, 2013
Accepted: January 06, 2013

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Abstract

Objective: Interventions for people suffering from borderline personality disorder (BPD), such as dialectical behavior therapy, often include a problem-solving component. However, there is an absence of published studies examining the problem-solving abilities of this client group in Iran. The study compared inpatients and outpatients with BPD and a control group on problem-solving capabilities in an Iranian sample. It was hypothesized that patients with BPD would have more deficiencies in this area.

Methods: Fifteen patients with BPD were compared to 15 healthy participants. Means-ends problem-solving task (MEPS) was used to measure problem-solving skills in both groups. Results: BPD group reported less effective strategies in solving problems as opposed to the healthy group. Compared to the control group, participants with BPD provided empirical support for the use of problem-solving interventions with people suffering from BPD.

Conclusions: The findings supported the idea that a problem-solving intervention can be efficiently applied either as a stand-alone therapy or in conjunction with other available psychotherapies to treat people with BPD.

Declaration of interest: None.

Citation: Akbari Dehaghi A, Kaviani H, Tamanaeefar Sh. Problem-solving deficits in Iranian people with borderline personality disorder. Iran J Psychiatry Behav Sci 2014; 8(4): 12-8.

Keywords

Borderline Personality Disorder Female Problem Solving Suicide

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