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Borderline personality disorder in cultural context: Commentary on Paris

Journal/Book: Psychiatry. 1996; 59: 72 Spring Street, New York, NY 10012. Guilford Press. 193-195.

Abstract: PARIS suggests that some cultures provide protective factors that can suppress the emergence of borderline personality disorder (BPD). Yet all cultures contain some individuals who perceive themselves as unable to meet what is expected of them, and the resultant distress is expressed through a variety of ''ethnic'' disorders such as susto or nervios. When viewed in this context, BPD is similar to these disorders, notably in the perceived sense of social failure, marginality and powerlessness.

Note: Article SG Miller, Univ S Florida, Dept Psychiat, Tampa, FL 33620 USA

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