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Gender, Identity & Disorder in Accounts of Borderline Personality Disorder

30 June 2019

This study seeks to explore peoples’ experience and understanding of being diagnosed and living with Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD). Through in-depth one-to-one interviews, either by Internet video call or by online text chat, the study seeks to understand participants' views on BPD as a diagnosis: what it means to them, whether it has been a helpful/unhelpful diagnosis, experiences of healthcare professionals, and anything else they personally think important.


Ethical approval

This study has been submitted to the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences Ethics Committee of The University of Surrey, UK, and has received a favourable ethical opinion on the basis described in the protocol and supporting documentation.

Date approved: 29/11/2018

About the researcher

My name is Steve Young and I’m currently studying for a doctorate in Counselling and Psychotherapeutic Psychology at The University of Surrey, UK. For my doctoral research project I want to speak to people with first-hand experience of being diagnosed with Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD), also known as Emotionally Unstable Personality Disorder (EUPD). I’m looking for people who would be interested in taking part in one-to-one interviews, either by Internet video call, or by online text chat, to talk about their experiences of BPD/EUPD as a diagnosis and their views on the diagnosis. I am particularly keen to speak to both men and women, and people who do not identify as gender-binary.

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