Borderline personality disorder in adolescents: Ubiquitous or specific?

Kathleen E. Garnet, Kenneth Levy, Jonathan J.F. Mattanah, William S. Edell, Thomas H. McGlashan

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The authors sought to identify diagnostic criteria that are relatively specific to borderline personality disorder in severely ill adolescent inpatients and that may predict a stable borderline personality disorder during this turbulent time. Twenty-one adolescent inpatients with borderline personality disorder were contacted 2 years after the index hospitalization (baseline). Seven of these patients met criteria for borderline personality disorder at follow-up. The ability of baseline criteria for borderline personality to predict the diagnosis of borderline personality disorder at follow-up was determined. Criteria for borderline personality disorder were sensitive for the stable disorder but not very specific. Without follow-up data, the diagnostic significance of symptoms of borderline personality disorder in adolescents appears uncertain.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1380-1382
Number of pages3
JournalAmerican Journal of Psychiatry
Issue number9
StatePublished - Jan 1 1994

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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