Relationship between Self-esteem and Borderline Personality Disorder

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Huda Othman Alghamdi


Borderline personality disorder (BPD) is characterized by instability in feeling and behaviour. Several factors were associated with BPD. However, its relationship with self-esteem is still under researched. The purpose of this study is to review the literature and examine the relationship between self-esteem and BPD. Reliable databases were used to search for articles pertain to the topic using specific keywords. The search resulted in 27 articles that met the inclusion criteria. The findings confirmed that the number of articles pertaining to the relationship between self-esteem and BPD is still limited. Most of the reviewed studies were conducted in western context and deployed a quantitative approach. Survey design and randomized control trial (RCT) were used in the reviewed studies and the sample size is limited. The first generation of data analysis was widely used. The finding showed that self-esteem has a mixed relationship with BPD with tendency to be negative relationship. There is a need for more studies to explain the BPD using intervention method such as religiosity and deploying qualitative approach.

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