Can sociocultural and historical mechanisms influence the development of borderline personality disorder? Academic Article uri icon


MeSH Major

  • Borderline Personality Disorder
  • Social Environment


  • Borderline personality disorder (BPD) is a common and severe clinical problem. While cross-cultural research suggests that this condition can be identified in different societies, indirect evidence suggests that BPD and some of its associated symptoms (suicidality and self-harm) have a higher prevalence in developed countries. If so, sociocultural and historical mechanisms may have influenced the development of the disorder. While the vulnerabilities underlying BPD are broad and nonspecific, specific symptoms can be shaped by culture. The mechanisms involve the influence of a "symptom bank," as well as the role of social contagion. These trends may be related to a decrease in social cohesion and social capital in modern societies.

publication date

  • January 2013



  • Academic Article



  • eng

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1177/1363461512468105

PubMed ID

  • 23222803

Additional Document Info

start page

  • 140

end page

  • 51


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