Laura Hochschild Tolpin, Department of Psychology, University of Delaware; Kathleen Cimbolic Gunthert, Department of Psychology, American University; Lawrence H. Cohen and Suzanne C. O'Neill, Department of Psychology, University of Delaware. We thank Timothy Trull who provided helpful comments on an earlier draft of this article.
Borderline Personality Features and Instability of Daily Negative Affect and Self-Esteem
Article first published online: 24 DEC 2003
Journal of Personality
Volume 72, Issue 1, pages 111–138, February 2004
How to Cite
Hochschild Tolpin, L., Cimbolic Gunthert, K., Cohen, L. H. and O'Neill, S. C. (2004), Borderline Personality Features and Instability of Daily Negative Affect and Self-Esteem. Journal of Personality, 72: 111–138. doi: 10.1111/j.0022-3506.2004.00258.x
- Issue published online: 24 DEC 2003
- Article first published online: 24 DEC 2003
Abstract We used a daily process design and multilevel modeling to examine the role of borderline personality features in the day-to-day stability of college students' negative affect and self-esteem and their reactivity to interpersonal stressors. At the end of each day for two weeks, students completed a checklist of daily stressors and measures of state affect and self-esteem. We predicted that high scores on a measure of borderline features would be related to more daily interpersonal stressors, greater negative affective and self-esteem reactivity to these stressors, and less day-to-day carryover of negative mood and self-esteem. The first and third hypotheses were supported, but not the second. The findings demonstrate the utility of a daily process methodology and multilevel modeling to study the day-to-day functioning of individuals with borderline features.