Family Connections

Project data

Project Name: Who cares of the caregiver? Treatment for family members of patients with Borderline Personality Disorder

Reference: GV/2019/148

Concession year: 2019

Duration: 2 years

Financing Program: R+D+I projects developed by emerging research groups

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

Coordinator: Verónica Guillén

Partners of the Consortium: 

– Heliodoro Marco (University of Valencia)

 – Sara Fonseca-Baeza (University of Valencia)

– Sara Bolo (University of Valencia)

– Azucena García-Palacios (Jaume I University)

– Soledad Quero (Jaume I University)

 – Amanda Díaz (Jaume I University)

 – Isabel Fernández de Felipe (Jaume I University)

Brief description of the Project:

orderline Personality Disorder (BPD) is a serious psychological disorder in which individuals have extreme difficulty regulating their emotions. Problems include intense and volatile emotions ( as shame, anger, sadness, or anxiety), chaotic relationships, impulsivity, instability in self-image, suicide attempts, self- harm, fear of withdrawal, and chronic feelings of emptiness. Data show that most people with BPD, with the help of treatments that have been demonstrated to be effective, are able to achieve great progress in a range of areas. This dysfunctional pattern also causes great suffering in their relatives. It is common to notice depression, grief, high levels of anxiety, and emotional fatigue, all caused directly by caring for their loved one with BPD. The treatment program that has the largest empirical support at this time is "Family Connections". It is one of the first programs designed specifically to help family members of patients with BPD. The program is an adaptation of multiple strategies of Dialectical Behavior Therapy of 12 sessions of duration, with a weekly frequency of two hours. Research shows its effectiveness in improving depression, grief and family attitudes, and in decreasing the perceived burden. The program has been translated and adapted to be applied in the Spanish population. The aim of this project is to evaluate the effectiveness of the adaptation of "Family Connections" in the Spanish population through a randomized controlled trial.

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

Publicaciones asociadas:

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.