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Our results found that the relationship between abuse/neglect and borderline personality traits is through anxious attachment. Further we found that the relationship between abuse/neglect and interpersonal manipulation and callous affect is through avoidant attachment. Both anxious and avoidant attachment appear to be a mechanism that could explain the relationship between abuse/neglect and these personality traits.

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Why is it important?

The complex relationship between neglect/abuse, insecure attachment styles, mindfulness, and problematic personality types have not been examined in this way to our knowledge. These personality traits also are related to several negative outcomes, which include impulsivity, risk-taking, and hostility (American Psychological Association [APA], 2013). This necessitates the examination of mechanisms as these can be intervened upon.


Writing this article was both challenging and rewarding. The statistical method used is cutting edge, robust, and not often utilized in the literature. Learning them required a great deal of research and care, which is needed with such a sensitive topic. Even though these methods are not common knowledge, we hope that the use of these methods have helped shed some light on potential interventions.

Jennifer Roters
Brock University

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This page is a summary of: Examining the complex relations between childhood adversity, mindfulness, attachment, and various personality outcomes: A Bayesian structural equation modeling approach., Psychological Trauma Theory Research Practice and Policy, October 2023, American Psychological Association (APA),
DOI: 10.1037/tra0001596.
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