Family connections: a program for relatives of persons with borderline personality disorder

Fam Process. 2005 Jun;44(2):217-25. doi: 10.1111/j.1545-5300.2005.00055.x.


This study assessed changes in family members who participated in Family Connections, a 12-week manualized education program for relatives of persons with borderline personality disorder (BPD). Family Connections, led by trained family members, is based on the strategies of standard Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and DBT for families. The program provides (a) current information and research on BPD, (b) coping skills, (c) family skills, and (d) opportunities to build a support network for family members. Forty-four participants representing 34 families completed the pre-, post-, and 6-month postbaseline self-report questionnaires. Analyses employing hierarchical linear modeling strategies showed significant reductions in grief and burden, and a significant increase in mastery from pre- to post-group assessment. Changes were maintained at 6 months post baseline.

Publication types

  • Evaluation Study
  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Adaptation, Psychological
  • Borderline Personality Disorder*
  • Cost of Illness
  • Family / psychology*
  • Family Therapy*
  • Female
  • Health Education*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Program Development
  • Program Evaluation*
  • Prospective Studies
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • United States