Fostering validating responses in families

Alan E. Fruzzetti, Chad Edward Shenk

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Families and family interactions can play a role in the development (vs. prevention), maintenance (or remediation), and treatment of borderline personality disorder (BPD); and, having a family member with BPD can have a significant impact on family functioning. This paper reviews a transactional model for the development and maintenance of BPD, with implications for treatment, particularly from the perspective of dialectical behavior therapy (DBT). The paper also describes a subset of DBT interventions specifically developed for work with couples and families to turn the destructive "inaccurate expression/invalidation cycle" into the constructive "accurate expression/validation cycle," which is illustrated by a case example.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)215-227
Number of pages13
JournalSocial Work in Mental Health
Issue number1-2
StatePublished - Jan 23 2008

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health


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