Borderline Personality Disorder and Religiosity: Exploring the Relationship

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Lisa Hosack


borderline personality disorder, religiosity, spirituality, college students


The negative effects of borderline personality disorder (BPD) are widely documented. And while religiosity has been found to be generally beneficial for individuals with clinical disorders, little is known about the relationship of religiosity and personality disorders, including BPD.  The purpose of this quantitative, cross-sectional study was to examine the relationship between BPD and two important components of religiosity. The first was termed religious quest and was defined in the study as the level of one’s internal openness to faith and spirituality. The other was defined as religious engagement and was defined in the study as the external, behavioral marks of religious faith such as prayer and attendance at religious events. A survey comprised of several validated measures was administered to undergraduate students within a large public university in the Midwest (N = 466).

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