Project data

Project Name: Treatment for relatives of patients with Borderline Personality Disorder

Reference: UV-INV-AE17-706159

Concession year: 2017

Financing Program: R+D+I projects developed by emerging research groups Funding Entity: Department of Innovation, Universities, Science and Digital Society

Eunding Entity: Department of Innovation, Universities, Science and Digital Society

Coordinator:Verónica Guillén

Partners of the Consortium: 

– Amanda Díaz (Jaume I University)

– Rocío Herrero Camarano (University of Valencia)

– Mercedes Jorquera (San Vicente Mártir Catholic University and PREVI Foundation)

–  Francisco Bellver (University Hospital Clinic)

– Sara Fonseca-Baeza (University of Valencia) 

– Tamara Escrivá-Martínez (University of Valencia).

Brief description of the Project:

Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) is a disorder
characterized by an intense and disturbing pattern of interpersonal relationships, characterized by episodes of uncontrollable anger, deficient impulse control, emotional instability, cognitive deficits, identity deficits, and recurrent suicidal behaviors. On several occasions, it involves suicidal and parasuicidal behaviors, drug addictions, eating disorders, intra-family conflicts, school or work absenteeism, and a substantial public health and/or social cost due to continuous crisis and relapses. This dysfunctional pattern also generates great suffering in these families. Depression, feelings of grief, high levels of anxiety, and emotional exhaustion are frequently observed in caregivers. Nowadays, there are several treatments that have demonstrated their effectiveness in patients with BPD.
However, there are scarce studies evaluating the effectiveness of specific treatments in mitigating the impact of BPD on family members. The primary aim of this project is to design and evaluate, in a randomized controlled trial, a mindfulness-based treatment component designed to help relatives of patients with BPD. This project will analyze the impact that the incorporation of this component into a traditional psychoeducational protocol may have in reducing the burden of illness perceived by the relatives, in their clinical symptoms and in improving their quality of life.

Our participation consists of: Coordination, development, and execution of the project.


Associated publications:

Guillén, V., Heliodoro, J., Jorquera, M., Bádenes, L., Roncero, M., Baños, R.M. (2018). ¿Quién cuida del cuidador? Tratamiento para familiares de personas con trastornos alimentarios y trastornos de personalidad. Informació Psicològica. 116: 65-: 78.  ISSN: 0214-347X.

Marco, J.H., Jorquera, M., Baños, R., Fernández, I., y Guillén, V. (2019). Psychometric properties of the Spanish version of the Involvement Evaluation Questionnaire in caregivers of patients with borderline personality disorders. Clinical Psychology and Psychotherapy. 1-10. 

Guillén, V., Bolo, S., Botella, C., Baños, R., García- Palacios, A., Marco, J.H. (2020) Exploring the effectiveness of Dialectical Behavioral Therapy vs Systems Training for Emotional Predictability and Problem Solving in a sample of patients with Borderline personality disorder. Journal of Personality Disorders. DOI: 10.1521/pedi_2020_34_477 

 Guillén, V., Díaz, A., Mira, A., Escribá-Martínez, T., Botella, C., Baños, R., Gracía-Palacios, A. (2020). Interventions for family members and caregivers of patients with borderline personality disorder: A systematic review. Family Proceess.