Assessment of borderline pathology using the Inventory of Interpersonal Problems Circumplex Scales (IIP-C): a comparison of clinical samples
Article first published online: 23 SEP 2007
Copyright © 2007 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
Clinical Psychology & Psychotherapy
Volume 14, Issue 5, pages 365–376, September/October 2007
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Hilsenroth, M. J., Menaker, J., Peters, E. J. and Pincus, A. L. (2007), Assessment of borderline pathology using the Inventory of Interpersonal Problems Circumplex Scales (IIP-C): a comparison of clinical samples. Clin. Psychol. Psychother., 14: 365–376. doi: 10.1002/cpp.549
- Issue published online: 23 SEP 2007
- Article first published online: 23 SEP 2007
We examined the interpersonal functioning of 74 outpatients at a university-based community clinic in a naturalistic study. Twenty-three individuals diagnosed with borderline pathology (BP) were compared with a non-BP clinical control group (n = 51). Based on previous research, we hypothesized that individuals with BP would report significantly greater overall interpersonal distress as well as greater problems associated with non-assertive, overly accommodating, self-sacrificing and intrusive/needy relational behaviours. We found that individuals with BP reported greater interpersonal distress in regard to overly accommodating, self-sacrificing and intrusive/needy relational behaviours. A trend was observed in regard to differences in overall interpersonal distress. Evaluation of the group-level circumplex profiles confirmed group homogeneity in interpersonal problem endorsement, supporting the aggregate descriptions of interpersonal style as representative of individuals within each group. The clinical utility of our results, specifically in regard to psychotherapy process and outcome as well as therapeutic alliance, will be discussed. Copyright © 2007 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.