Mating strategies and experience of early adversity in female patients with borderline personality disorder: Insights from life history theory

Martin Brüne, Jiaqing O, Merita Schojai, Christine Decker, Marc-Andreas Edel

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12 Dyfyniadau(SciVal)
446 Wedi eu Llwytho i Lawr (Pure)

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Borderline personality disorder (BPD) is a psychiatric condition which severely affects psychological well-being. Etiological explanations of BPD include the experience of early adversity, but how this impacts on risk-taking and impulsivity in relation to sexuality and mating has remained elusive. Here, we tested the hypothesis that people with BPD adopt a “fast” life history strategy which impacts their mate choice and sexual behavior.

Sixty female patients with BPD and 45 controls were given 3 hypothetical vignettes depicting a “Predictably Safe”, an “Unpredictably Safe-Risky”, and a “Predictably Risky” life conditions, requiring the participant to put herself imaginatively into the described situation. Participants also completed questionnaires about their psychosexual development, depressiveness, and childhood experiences.

Patients with BPD were significantly more likely to expect less parental investment from their hypothetical partners in the predictably safe condition, and to consent to sexual affairs at an earlier age than controls. Correlation analyses suggest that subjective depressiveness, childhood trauma, rearing style of patients' parents, and actual psychosexual development impacted on mate choice in the hypothetical scenarios. In addition, findings may also corroborate ideas of nonrandom mating in patients with BPD, which may be taken into consideration when interpersonal difficulties with romantic partners are dealt with in psychotherapy.
Iaith wreiddiolSaesneg
Tudalennau (o-i)147-154
Nifer y tudalennau8
CyfnodolynPersonality and Individual Differences
Cyfrol113
Dyddiad ar-lein cynnar19 Maw 2017
Dynodwyr Gwrthrych Digidol (DOIs)
StatwsCyhoeddwyd - 15 Gorff 2017
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