The Real Face of Borderline Personality Organization Within Intimate Partner Violence

Adriana Isabel Patino Avila, University of Texas at El Paso


This study tests the relationship between IPV perpetration and victimization with BPO. Results indicate that, as predicted, BPO is positively associated with both IPV perpetration and victimization and is more prevalent in female perpetrators and victims than in male perpetrators and victims. However, contrary to what previous literature says, self-control does not show enough significance to state that it is one of the leading causes of IPV perpetrated by those who present traits of BPO. In addition, results also indicate that having suffered from physical abuse during childhood diminishes the probability of perpetrating IPV. To fully understand these results, future studies should focus on the role self-control plays within those individuals who present BPO traits, the effects of physical childhood abuse in males, and why it affects males differently than females. Also, expanding the definition and list of physical violence could be helpful, as well as including psychological violence and the characteristic violent behaviors associated with BPO.Many factors perpetuate misconceptions about borderline personality, whether we are talking about BPD or BPO. For example, in media, they are usually portrayed as promiscuous manipulators and addicts, creating a stigma that can negatively affect someone's willingness to accept a diagnosis and get treatment. As this study shows, many characteristic factors of BPD and BPO affect each sex differently; for example, child abuse tends to be a common element related to the development of a borderline personality, but results show that this is only statistically significant in females. Development of future studies about borderline personalities is necessary to create updated therapeutic approaches and techniques to treat this mental condition since it represents a massive obstacle to keeping healthy relationships of all kinds, including family members, friends, and intimate partners. Providing education about emotional intelligence and the causes of this condition, for example, violence normalization will help treat borderline personalities more effectively.

Subject Area

Behavioral psychology|Personality psychology|Clinical psychology|Criminology

Recommended Citation

Patino Avila, Adriana Isabel, "The Real Face of Borderline Personality Organization Within Intimate Partner Violence" (2022). ETD Collection for University of Texas, El Paso. AAI30242494.