Borderline and psychotic adolescents' relationship to their parents: a therapeutic point of view.

Adolescence (Impact Factor: 0.64). 02/1985; 20(79):682-7.
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This study investigated the parents of 100 psychotic and borderline adolescents, and their relationships with their adolescent children. The incidence of psychiatric disorders among the parents, and the incidence of one-parent homes, as well as the divorce rate of biological parents, are given. A direct assessment of the number of pathological relationships between adolescents and parents, defined from a therapeutic point of view, was also made. Examples are given of parental pathology or marital discord concealed in the adolescents' pathology, or in the parent-adolescent relationship. It was concluded that the assessment of parents and their relationships with the adolescents is important for the treatment of the adolescent.

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    ABSTRACT: This paper reviews findings and problems of differential diagnosis between Borderline personality disorders and schizophrenic illness in adolescents and young adults with psychotic symptoms. Therefore relevant especially psychodynamically oriented publications were analysed and related to clinical experiences. Differential diagnostic classification of psychotic symptoms in this age group is difficult, especially when disorder criteria are not yet completely met. Differential diagnostic hints which can indicate severe adjustment problems, Borderline personality disorder and schizophrenia as well as specific diagnostic difficulties are presented in this paper. Well-reasoned differential diagnosis reveals significant findings for treatment options.
    Full-text · Article · Oct 2003 · Psychiatrische Praxis