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Objective: To develop an indigenous self-report measure for borderline personality
traits in a clinical sample.
Methodology: During the first phase, phenomenology was explored by conducting
in-depth interviews of 15 diagnosed patients. The repeated and dubious
responses were screened out that resulted in the production of a league
table. Five experienced clinical psychologists and five psychiatrists validated the
items and as a result, 33 items of the scale were retained out of 44 items. This
preliminary study was conducted on 81 diagnosed participants (24 males and
57 females) who were selected through purposive sampling technique. All the
participants were diagnosed by expert psychologists and psychiatrists.
Results: Factor analysis revealed two factors namely mood liability and insecure
dependence respectively. Significant positive correlation was found between
Borderline personality traits scale (BPTS) and Zanirini borderline personality disorder
scale (ZAN-BPDS). The internal consistency of the scale was excellent with
Cronbach's alpha value of .87.
Conclusion: The scale can be used on Pakistani population without any language
or comprehension barrier.
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