On The borderline? Borderline personality disorder and deliberate self harm in literature

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dc.contributor.author Brown, Brian J.
dc.contributor.author Crawford, Paul
dc.contributor.author Baker, Charlotte
dc.contributor.author Lipsedge, Maurice
dc.date.accessioned 2009-09-08T13:54:47Z
dc.date.available 2009-09-08T13:54:47Z
dc.date.issued 2008
dc.identifier.citation Brown, B.J., Crawford, P., Baker, C. abd Lipsedge, M. (2008) On The borderline? Borderline personality disorder and deliberate self harm in literature. Social Alternatives, 27 (4), pp. 22-27. en
dc.identifier.issn 01550306
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2086/2462
dc.description.abstract This paper examines Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) in two texts - Kristen Waterfield Duisberg\'s The Good Patient and Susana Kaysen's Girl, Interrupted. It argues that fiction that examines the types of behaviours associated with BPD depathologises BPD through its focus on experience, meaning and reasons rather than symptom. The label of BPD can be pejorative and as such individuals who have this diagnosis or meet the criteria for it run the risk of having many assumptions made about their acts of DSH. From the perspective of the functions, meanings and significations of acts of DSH, this paper suggests that learning to listen to these highly individual networks of meanings through the non-damaging medium of literature can be a valuable tool for clinicians. en
dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher University of Queensland en
dc.subject borderline personality disorder en
dc.subject self harm en
dc.subject literature en
dc.subject novel en
dc.subject medical humanities en
dc.title On The borderline? Borderline personality disorder and deliberate self harm in literature en
dc.type Article en
dc.researchgroup Participation & Social Justice
dc.researchgroup Psychology
dc.researchgroup Health Policy
dc.researchgroup Mary Seacole Research Centre
dc.researchgroup Health Policy Research Unit


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