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Using the Personality Assessment Inventory to Discriminate among Borderline Personality
Name: Using the Personality Assessment Inventory to Discriminate among Borderline Personality
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Year: 2017
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iv ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS I appreciate the support of my entire dissertation committee. Thank you for multiple edits, and suggestions. Thank you also for seeing the importance of this study. A special thanks is offered to my dissertation chair, Jake Levy, Ph.D. for inspiring in me a love of assessment and a passion for the PAI. Thank you also to Victor Barr Ph.D. who is not only a member of my committee, but a mentor, professionally and personally, without whom the stress and strain of graduate school and the dissertation process would have eaten me alive! Thank you also to Suzanne Molnar, Ph.D., Dawn Szymanski, Ph.D., and Gina Owens, Ph.D. for edits and suggestions that resulted in a much improved and stronger document. Additionally, I would like to thank Aaron Sparks for his assistance in retrieving PAI data for use in my study. From one student to another, thank you for being a team player. Finally, to my wonderful husband Michael, and daughter Teresa Claire, your sacrifices made achieving this goal possible. Thank you for your love and support!


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vi PREFACE After several years of working in college counseling centers, I have a deep understanding for the challenges in this work. Clinical work in this setting has changed. We cannot turn the clock back to the days of career advising, and supportive therapy for homesick students (if it ever really was only developmental work). Severe pathology is common, and resources are limited. Anything that offers clinicians greater clarity in their work with mentally ill students is a welcome blessing. I see assessment and screening as part of the solution. Greater emphasis must be placed on accurate diagnosis in college counseling centers. My passion for assessment is only out paced by my passion for the health of my clients. In order to provide them with the best and most appropriate treatment, I have to know what I am treating. Additionally, college counseling centers will need to play a greater role in risk assessment and crisis management, especially in the post Virginia Tech reality. It is my hope that this study and others like it that focus on the needs of college counseling centers, and their unique population, serve to support those that do this important work.


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vii TABLE OF CONTENTS Chapter Page CHAPTER I .................................................................................................................. 1 Introduction ................................................................................................................... 1 Statement of the Problem .............................................................................................. 1 CHAPTER II ................................................................................................................. 4 Literature Review.......................................................................................................... 4 Borderline Personality Disorder ............................................................................... 4 Differential Diagnosis of BPD .............................................................................. 6 College Student Mental Health ........................................................................... 10 BPD in College Students .................................................................................... 12 The Use of the PAI in Assessing Personality Disorders ..................................... 13 Overview of Current Study and Research Questions ............................................. 18 CHAPTER III ............................................................................................................. 20 Materials and Methods ................................................................................................ 20 Participants .............................................................................................................. 20 Counseling Center Description ............................................................................... 22 Instrument ............................................................................................................... 25 CHAPTER IV ............................................................................................................. 27 Results ......................................................................................................................... 27 Discriminant Analysis ................................................................................................. 27 CHAPTER V .............................................................................................................. 30 Discussion, Conclusions, and Recommendations ....................................................... 30 Summary and Integration of Results....................................................................... 30 Explanation for Findings..................................................................................... 34 Implications of Findings ..................................................................................... 36 Limitations .......................................................................................................... 39 Future Directions ................................................................................................ 42 REFERENCES ........................................................................................................... 44 Vita .............................................................................................................................. 58


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