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Keywords:

  • borderline personality disorder;
  • bulimia;
  • BITE;
  • BSI;
  • YSQ-S

Abstract

Objective

To establish whether borderline personality disorder symptoms play a mediating role in the relationship between early maladaptive schemata and bulimic symptomatology, using a nonclinical sample.

Method

Sixty-one female undergraduate students completed the Bulimic Investigatory Test, Edinburgh (BITE), the Borderline Syndrome Index (BSI), and the short form of the Young Schema Questionnaire (YSQ).

Results

Borderline symptoms were found to be a perfect mediator in the relationship between defectiveness/shame beliefs and bulimic symptomatology.

Conclusions

A model is proposed suggesting that the functional utility of bulimic behaviors might be in counteracting the negative emotions associated with borderline symptoms. © 2001 by John Wiley & Sons, Inc. Int J Eat Disord 30: 434–440, 2001.