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Emotional responses to non-suicidal self-injury in borderline and non-borderline individuals : a study of facial expressions

Lau, Choi Ha Betsy 2013 , 'Emotional responses to non-suicidal self-injury in borderline and non-borderline individuals : a study of facial expressions', Coursework Master thesis, University of Tasmania.

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The present study examined the facial expressions of individuals with borderline
personality disorder (BPD) and without BPD in response to memories of non-suicidal
self-injury (NSSI) to determine the way in which changes in facial expression indicated
the nature of the emotional responses to NSSI. Twenty four participants, who were over
18 years old and with a history of NSSI were recruited from the University of
Tasmania. A semi-structured interview was structured to elicit information of the events
(NSSI and a neutral event) in four stages: scene setting, approach, incident and
consequence. Results indicated similarities between groups in the pattern of
psychological response indicative of a tension reduction pattern. The group without
borderline traits responded more negatively to NSSI than did the BPD group. The
results are discussed in terms of the possible explanations for the nature of the
psychological responses to NSSI in the face of evidence of differing patterns of
psychophysiological responses and in light of the discrepancies between self-reported
affective state and objectively measured psychological response.

Item Type: Thesis - Coursework Master
Authors/Creators:Lau, Choi Ha Betsy
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Thesis (MPsych(Clin))--University of Tasmania, 2013. Includes bibliographical references

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