Fostering Validating Responses in Families

Alan E. Fruzzetti, Chad 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)
Title of host publicationBorderline Personality Disorder
Subtitle of host publicationMeeting the Challenges to Successful Treatment
PublisherTaylor and Francis
Number of pages13
ISBN (Electronic)9781136867590
ISBN (Print)9780203837016
StatePublished - Jan 1 2012

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Psychology
  • General Social Sciences


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